The Webster City Community Theatre's Readers' Theatre will be reading "Moonlight and Magnolias" by Ray Hutchinson, on Sunday at the theatre building at 1001 Willson Street.
Set in 1939 Hollywood, the play takes place entirely in the office of legendary film producer David O. Selznick. He has shut down production of his new epic, "Gone with the Wind," as the screenplay just doesn't work. Selznick sends a car for Ben Hecht, screenwriter and playwright who, upon reading the first, and only the first, page of Margaret Mitchell's classic tale, had termed it "moonlight and magnolias". Selznick also pulled formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of "The Wizard of Oz." With both in his office, he locks the doors, pulls down the shades, and, on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion the screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. Easy and straight-forward, you say? While fending off the film's stars and gossip columnists, Selznick and Fleming act out the story for the new screenwriter, scene by scene, trying to remain true to Mitchell's novel. Considering the fact that Hecht has just been working on the latest Marx Brothers movie, you have a play more akin to their kind of zaniness than anything else!
The reading will be directed by Dr. Mark Andrew.
This play is under consideration for production during the 2013-2014 at WCCT.
Bring a snack to share and a beverage for yourself and be ready to have a fun time.
If you are interested in plays, but don't have the time to commit to rehearsals for a production, or you don't like to memorize lines, or you just like reading plays, Reader's Theatre is for you! If you have any questions or suggestions for future Reader's Theatre plays, contact Reader's Theatre Director, Sue Heerema at 832-6515.
Be sure to check out the Webster City Community Theatre's website at www.wcctonline.org