Moonlight and Magnolias

Friday, Feb 19, 2021 at 7:00pm

Strauss Theatre Center
1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201

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Hollywood, 1939. Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting "Gone WIth the Wind," when he realized the script is awful, and that the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz to direct, and he taps legendary playwright, screenwrite and script doctor Ben Hecht to rewrite the script. There's only one problem: Hecht hasn't read the book. Over the course of five madcap days, the three men, assited by Selznick's assitant, Miss Poppenghul, frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time. As Selznick and Fleming act out the book for Hecht, the phone rings off the hook with calls from the likes of Vivien Leigh, Louis B Mayer and Ed Sullivan.  By the end of the week, Selznick asks, “Is there anything wrong with getting the job done, no matter what it takes?” Completing this job may take everything these men have to give! Take a fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scene birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.

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