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Opening February 21st: "Moonlight And Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces seven performances of the laugh-out-loud comedy “Moonlight And Magnolias” written by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Doug Bechtel at the Orcas Grange.
Loosely based on a true story, “Moonlight And Magnolias” is a portrait of the legendary movie producer David O. Selznick and his collaborators as they write the screenplay for “Gone With The Wind”.
The year is 1939 and Hollywood is abuzz. Selznick has just shut down production of “Gone With The Wind” because the screenplay just doesn't work. While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick brings in screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.
Join Ron Herman as David O. Selznick, John Mazzarella as Ben Hecht, Tony Lee as Victor Fleming and Gillian Smith as the beleaguered Miss Poppenghul as they strive to write the screenplay in five days.
The New York Post said: …dispenses a good deal of insider's dope on the professional and personal dynamics that fueled the production [of Gone with the Wind]. The characters are drawn with such affection that one can't help but cheer for them." The New York Daily News said: "Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play…a rip-roaring farce…[with] witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations…" —NY Daily News.
“Moonlight And Magnolias” opens on Friday, February 21st with additional performances on February 22nd , 28th , March 1st , 7th, 8th and closing night on Sunday, March 9th . Performances are at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and are available at Darvill's, on-line at www.orcasactors.com or at the door.
Some language may not be suitable for younger children. For additional information, contact Doug Bechtel at 317-5601.
Some rehearsal photo's:
Don't forget our 8th annual Playfest.
We have received 16 submissions for our 2014 Ten-Minute PlayFest covering a wide range of subjects. They are currently undergoing review and rewrites with final selection by the end of February.
Auditions will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 5th and 2 pm, Sunday, March 9th.
For more information on being involved with the playfest contact Cara Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming in March: Something really special: "The Search For Signs of Intellegence In The Universe" by Jane Wagner
We very sseldom bring off island shows to Orcas but occasionally we see something special that we think you need to see. Recently we had the opportunity to watch Seattle Actress Terri Weagant take on the role in this one woman play made famous by Lily Tomlin. Terri was magnificant, holding the audiences attention for nearly two hours.
Now, Terri is bringing this show to The Actors Theater for two performances on March 28th and 29th. You don't want to miss this tour-de-force performance!!!
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