Aqua City Actors Theatre (ACAT) concludes its 2017-2018 season—MAINE, MANNERS AND MAYHEM—with the comedy “Moonlight and Magnolias” by Ron Hutchinson. Performances are June 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and June 3 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Studio 93 at The Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville.
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.
Directed by Michael Jinbo, the play features a quartet of veteran ACAT actors: Randolph M. Jones plays the part of renowned Hollywood producer David O. Selznick; Peter Diplock plays screenwriter and newspaperman Ben Hecht; Joe Klapatch plays film director Victor Fleming; Karen LaPlante plays Miss Poppenghul, Selznick’s secretary.
ALLERGY WARNING: Peanuts used extensively in this production.
$10 Senior Citizens (age 60 and older)
$10 Youth (age 18 and younger)