In 1939 in Hollywood, Legendary film producer David O. Selznick was five weeks into shooting “Gone with the Wind”. He suddenly realized that the script is awful and the director doesn’t have a clue. Over the course of five days, three writers frantically craft (and act out all of the parts) one of the most beloved screenplays of all times. Join the Little Theatre of Alexandria for this comic romp called “Moonlight and Magnolias” from Feb. 29 to March 21, 2020.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Director Juli Tarabek Blacker said she was first attracted to the script by the period and topic. “I have been a fan of classic Hollywood since I was a teenager. As I looked more into the script, I fell in love with the screwball nature of it, much like the screwball comedies of the ‘30s and ‘40s (‘His Girl Friday,’ etc). It also has a surprising amount of depth for a comedy. I typically work on dramas, so it was nice to have those familiar bits sprinkled in the text,” she said.”
Blacker said, “I want the audience to get a ‘behind-the-curtain’ look at a movie that everyone knows, and has an opinion about, even if they haven’t seen it. Three of the four characters are based on historical figures that the audience may or may not know. I want the audience to get an idea of what went on behind the scenes. It was a lot, and this is only a part of it.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “The Little Theatre of Alexandria is staging “Moonlight and Magnolias” from Feb. 29 to March 21, 2020. Showtimes are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $21 and $24. The venue is located at 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA.”
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