Saturday, May 3, 2014 | Dinner Showing | Dinner: 5:30 pm | Show: 7:00 pm
By Cate and Ernsberger
You will laugh yourself breathless at the antics of three men locked in an office
trying to write a screenplay for Gone with the Wind in one week! A mostly true comedy
that goes behind the scenes of the script-writing for “Gone with the Wind.” Filming
the movie has already started, but the new script’s writer has never read the book
and he has only one week to write it.
Written by the mother-son team of Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate, Mitchell is based on a real-life episode in which Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, desperate
for a workable script for Gone With the Wind, got The Front Page co-writer Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming in his office to bang out a new draft
in a week, while subsisting on nothing but bananas and peanuts. Hecht hadn't read
the book, but with an existing screen treatment and Selznick and Fleming acting out
scenes, they were able to finish it in time to make cinematic history.
Produced by the Barter Theatre. With its unique beginnings during the Great Depression,
Barter Theatre, one of this nation’s oldest professional non-profit theatres, is located
in beautiful historic Abingdon, Virginia. Barter Theatre is a theatre of firsts: one
of this nation’s first professional regional theatres, the first professional theatre
to be designated a state theatre – The State Theatre of Virginia and more. Today,
Barter offers a variety of musicals, classics, comedies, dramas and new southern and
Appalachian plays performed February – December yearly on two stages: Barter Theatre
and Barter Stage II. Barter Theatre continues to be one of the nation’s most vibrant
and exciting professional theatre experiences.
For more information, please visit blueridgeperformingarts.com.