2018-2019

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

Hollywood, 1939. The iconic movie Gone With the Wind (based on Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling novel) is in full production. But producer David O. Selznick hates the script as well as the direction. So he calls screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming into his office, locks the doors, and demands that the three of them come up with a new screenplay in five days. With conflicting opinions at every turn, and under enormous pressure, the men resort to acting out scenes from the novel themselves in order to create the dialogue for the new script.  They bicker and shout, hurl peanuts and insults at each other. They practically come to fisticuffs over what became some of the most memorable moments in the film. This hilarious comedy, though based on real circumstances, is an imaginative account of the creation of one of the most popular movies of all time.

Hollywood, 1939. Die Produktion des Films “Vom Winde verweht” (basierend auf Margaret Mitchell's Bestseller Roman) ist im vollen Gange. Der Produzent David O. Selznick ist jedoch weder vom Drehbuch, noch von der Regieführung angetan. Er bestellt sich den Drehbuchautoren Ben Hecht und den Regisseur Victor Fleming in sein Büro, verbarrikadiert die Türen, und erwartet von ihnen, mit ihm zusammen innerhalb der nächsten fünf Tage ein  neues Drehbuch zu schreiben. Mit widersprüchlichen Meinungen in jeder Hinsicht, und unter enormem Druck nehmen sich die Männer jede Szene vor, um die Dialoge für das neue Drehbuch zu bearbeiten. Unter diesen Umständen bleiben Streitereien, Meinungsverschiedenheiten, und Beleidigungen nicht aus. Die denkwürdigsten Momente in dem Film entstanden praktischerweise durch fliegende Fäuste. Obwohl diese urkomische Komödie auf wahren Gegebenheiten basiert, erzählt sie eine erfundene Version über die Entstehung des berühmtesten Films aller Zeiten. 

CAST

DAVID O. SELZNICK - Rory Murphy

BEN HECHT - Tom Dunlea

VICTOR FLEMING - Edwin Flay

MISS POPPENGUHL - Clara Aileen Bowen

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Ron Hutchinson wa born in Ireland in 1947, but he was raised and educated in Coventry, England. He began his career in the UK, but by the late 1980s he was working in American television. A prolific writer, he is known for many of his screenplays as well as radio dramas. He has also produced some twenty stage plays, among them MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS which was first performed at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. It was nominated for the 2004 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work. In an interview with David G. Anderson of The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Hutchinson said, "The inspiration for MOONLIGHT came when...I was reading...the autobiography of Ben Hecht's exhausting week of rewriting GONE WITH THE WIND, and...it struck me, wow - this is classical farce. Three high-powered individuals lock themselves in a room existing on peanuts and bananas, and they are ever mindful that the clock is ticking, in a total pressure cooker situation." Hutchinson added that he drew from his own experience as a screen writer: "I've been all around the world in closed hotel rooms from Libya, to Morocco, to Mexico hammering out new scripts with ulcer ridden, catatonic producers ever present...The pressure is immense, there is craziness all around, but somehow you hammer it out. I enjoy the challange and fun of it. "He sees MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS as "a celebration...of film's golden age of writers, directors, and producers. "Some of Ron Hutchinson's other plays include THE IRISH PLAY (1984), PYGMIES IN THE RUINS (1991), BEAU BRUMMELL (2001), TOPLESS MUM IN DEAD HERO SHOCKER!! (2007) and DEAD ON HER FEET (2012). The many television and movie screenplays he has written add to this impressive body of work. He now lives in Los Angeles, California with his second wife and adopted daughter.

CREATIVE TEAM

Direction - Paul Glaser

Set Design - Mathias Wardeck

Costume Design - Patricia Royo

Lighting & Sound - Heiko Böttner

Properties/Stage Management - Rebecca Delmas

Properties/Stage Managemant - Bianca Maes

Set Design Assistant - René Ahnert

Hairstyling - Birgit Wolf

Music Supervision - Paul Glaser

London Casting - Gordon Griffin MBE

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS is presented by special arrangement with Judy Daish Associates Ltd., London

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