Naperville's BrightSide Theatre is presenting the comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias" beginning August 30. Read the full press release below:
BrightSide Theatre will be presenting Ron Hutchinson’s uproariously hilarious comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias," directed by Chicago Theatre Veteran Greg Kolack, August 30-September 15, 2013.
For the movie lover in us all, "Moonlight and Magnolias" gives us a true-to-life, laughter-filled, behind-the-scenes glimpse of how "Gone With The Wind: made its way to the silver screen. Legendary film producer David O. Selznick, who is five weeks into shooting "Gone With The Wind," realizes the script is awful and the director doesn’t have a clue. With just five days to replace them, rewrite the screenplay and restart the shoot or the production shuts down, Selznick calls Victor Fleming from the set of 'The Wizard to Oz" to direct, and 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 locked in an office with only peanuts and bananas for food, the three men frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time.
Director Greg Kolack said, “As a lifelong film admirer, I look forward to relaying the story of how the men behind this American movie classic salvaged the production and set the stage for one of the most famous films ever made, told with a lot of humor – and with some not so subtle jabs at the film industry itself.”
"Moonlight and Magnolias" feature the talents of some of the area’s finest talent. Michael Black (of Chicago) plays the overzealous film producer David O. Selznick, Jaff Gamlin (of Westmont) portrays the larger than life film director Victor Fleming, Tin Penavic (of Downers Grove) rounds out the trio as the script doctor extraordinaire Ben Hecht. Completing this comedic ensemble in the role of Mr. Selznick secretary Miss Poppenghul is Linda Cunningham (of LaGrange).
Award winning and 37 year veteran of Chicago Theatre Greg Kolack (of Downers Grove) directs "Moonlight and Magnolias."