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Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Ron Hutchinson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 60
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0822220849
ISBN-13: 9780822220848
Cast Size: 1 women, 3 men

About the Play:

Moonlight and Magnolias is a full-length comedy by Ron Hutchinson. What really happened when the iconic movie Gone With The Wind shut down production one week into filming? Inspired by actual events, this hilarious comedy tells the behind-the-scenes story of how a producer, writer, and director saved of one of Hollywood's most iconic films.

Moonlight and Magnolias is a parody of the inside workings of the film industry and an insightful look at the politics of the famous Hollywood studio era of the 1930s and 1940s. It is 1939 and legendary producer David O. Selznick has just shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history – his megabudget version of Margaret Mitchell's bestselling novel Gone with the Wind – scrapping the original script and sacking the director in the process. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed "script doctor" Ben Hecht, who has never read the book, and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and with little more than peanuts, bananas and a typewriter, they proceed to reenact the saga of Scarlett and Rhett. Only this is Scarlett and Rhett like you've never seen before! This comedy is a hilarious homage to the three men who laboured over five days to fashion the screenplay that became the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

Moonlight and Magnolias premiered in 2004 at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and played at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2005. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across the US and has been mounted by colleges and community theatres.

Cast: 1 women, 3 men

What people say:

"An affectionate portrait of the legendary movie producer David O. Selznick and his collaborators…a lot of fun…dispenses a good deal of insider's dope on the professional and personal dynamics that fueled the production [of Gone with the Wind]…plenty of genuine wit in the dialogue, and the characters are drawn with such affection that one can't help but cheer for them." — New York Post

"…a Hollywood dream-factory farce…At once a hyperventilating slapstick comedy, an impassioned love song and a blazing critique of Hollywood…just when you think it's all fun and games…[Hutchinson] turns the tables…he has a gift for enveloping you in blackness. And then, with a single line…he also can lift the heavy cloud and get on with the hilarity." — Chicago Sun Times

"Consumers of vintage Hollywood insider stories will eat up Hutchinson's diverting conjecture as to what actually happened behind those closed doors, a scenario given extra spark by the fractious interplay among the three men and their wildly contrasting demeanors…it's the hellbent determination and entrepreneurial insanity of the independent producer to which Hutchinson pays tribute." — Variety

"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play…a rip-roaring farce…[with] witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations…." — New York Daily News

"Fast, sharp and funny… Hutchinson has an insiders eye for the anti-heroic absurdities and admirable glories of showbusiness… the play catches the heart-stoppping uncertainty principle of the Hollywood system." — Daily Telegraph

About the Playwright:

Ron Hutchinson is an Emmy-Award winning screenwriter and Olivier nominated playwright, who grew up in Mullaghbuoy in Northern Ireland and has spent over thirty years working in Hollywood as well as writing for the stage internationally. He has taught at the American Film Institute, been a Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He has written for HBO, Universal Studios, Showtime, and the BBC, amongst others.