Playhouse 1 9 6 0 Announces Auditions for Moonlight and Magnolias
September 1 6 & 1 7, 2 0 1 8 @ 7 : 0 0 pm
Production Dates: October 26 - November 11, 2018
Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Please provide a headshot and resume. Please be able to list any conflicts.
Legendary film Producer, David O. Selznick is three weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes 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 off the set of The Wizard of 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 popular book. Over the course of five madcap days, the three men, assisted by Selznick’s more than capable secretary, Miss Poppenghul, and subsisting on nothing but peanuts and bananas, frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time. As Selznick and Fleming act out the book for Hecht, the phone rings with calls from Vivien Leigh, Louis B. Mayer, and Ed Sullivan. Hutchinson’s play based on historical events, is written as a farce, but the characters also deal with serious questions about race and the fragile position of Jewish executives and artists in Hollywood.
Character Breakdown: 3 Men, 1 Woman.
David O. Selznick: mid to late 30’s. One of Hollywood’s most legendary producers. Powerful, megalomaniac fiercely determined to make "Gone With the Wind" a success in spite of the delays and disappointments. He’s working on an impossible deadline to revise the screenplay, believes in the movies and their power to transport audiences, acts out most of the book throughout the play. Not above brow-beating others to get his way, spends the play cajoling, pleading, ordering and pandering to the other characters.
Ben Hecht: mid to late 40’s. One of Hollywood’s best and most prolific screen writers/ script doctors. Witty, sophisticated, and brilliant this former newspaperman hasn’t read Gone With The Wind and isn’t very interested in re-writing the screenplay because he believes Mitchell’s book can’t possibly be made into a successful film.
Victor Fleming: Late 40’s. Famous historical figure and director of the Golden Age of cinema. Coming off the set of The Wizard of Oz, (where he famously slapped child actor Judy Garland), this confident, dramatic, old Hollywood heavy weight has come up through ranks from driver to cameraman to director and now he’s been tapped to replace fired director George Cukor, There isn’t a script in the world he couldn’t make into a best selling film.
Miss Poppenghul: any age 25-75 Mr. Selznick’s unflappable and more than competent secretary. Very efficient and detailed, knows Selznick’s needs before he does. If she wasn’t a woman she’d probably be running this studio.
2018 – 2019 45th Anniversary Season
The World Goes ‘Round – July 22 & 23, 2018
Moonlight and Magnolias – September 16 & 17, 2018
Disney’s Newsies – October 14 & 15, 2018
Calendar Girls – November 18 & 19, 2018
God of Carnage – January 20 & 21, 2019
Comic Potential – March 3 & 4, 2019
A Catered Affair – April 14 & 15, 2019
Be More Chill – May 26 & 27, 2019
Young Actors Stage
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr – July 30 & 31, 2018
Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street School Edition – August 26 & 27, 2018
Getting to Know Once Upon a Mattress – November 26 & 27, 2018
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – January 13 & 14, 2019
Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. – March 17 & 18, 2019