Moonlight and Magnolias

Dir: Karen Ascoe
Cast: Richard Attlee, Jonathan Cullen, Richard Hahlo, Karen Ascoe
120mins   2018   UK   Depot event   English   

by Ron Hutchinson - Live performance

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realises 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 be shut down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard to Oz to direct, and he taps legendary playwright, screenwriter 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, assisted by Selznick's assistant, 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.

Hutchinson's play, based on historical events, is written as farce, but the characters also deal with serious questions about race and the fragile position of Jewish executives in Hollywood. This is a staged reading performance in two acts. There will be an interval of 15 minutes.


Sun 25 November