Moonlight and Magnolias, by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Jillian Burgin with Co-Director Eric Bjorklund
Produced by John Gustafson and Alison Mercer-Smith
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. 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 screenwriter Ben Hecht 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 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.
The first act of Moonlight and Magnolias was LALT’s entry in NM AACTFest11 in Artesia. From there it advanced to the Region 6 festival in Lewiston, TX.