Barter Theatre to Present “Don’t Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell” at Ferrum College May
Tickets to Cate and Ernsberger’s “hilarious and mostly true” comedy are still available.
Ferrum, Va. (April 22, 2014) – One of the nation’s oldest professional non-profit theatres, Barter Theatre, is bringing
its production of “Don’t Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell” to Ferrum College on Sat.,
May 3, 2014. During this “hilarious and mostly true” comedy, audience members will
laugh themselves breathless over the antics of three men locked in an office trying
to write a screenplay for Gone with the Wind in one week. Patrons may enjoy dinner
at 5:30 p.m. followed by the show for $45 or just the show at 7:00 p.m. for $27. Tickets
may be ordered by calling (540) 230-6600 or online at www.blueridgeperformingarts.com.
“Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell" celebrates not just the effort, but also the
enormous risk that goes into creating a great work of art. It’s spring 1939, and the
public is eagerly anticipating the release of Gone With the Wind. Actors are on set;
cameramen are standing by, and the bills are piling up for one of the most expensive
movies ever made. The problem is that the script is terrible. Legendary Hollywood
producer David O. Selznick grabs his new director Victor Fleming, famed scriptwriter
Ben Hecht and his loyal secretary Miss Peabody, and locks himself and them in his
office, ordering cases of bananas and peanuts for "brain food" until they have a new
script. To make matters even more complicated, Ben Hecht has never read the novel,
so Selznick and Fleming frantically act out key scenes while he types. It's a wild
and exhilarating ride as Selznick and his team race to meet their deadline and save
the epic movie from becoming an epic flop.
Barter Theatre is funded in part by the Virginia Commission of the Arts (VCA) and
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.) The Barter Theatre production of “Don't
Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell" is part of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Performing Arts
(BRPAS) Series, which is also partially VCA and NEA supported.
Upcoming BRPAS events include Appalachian and Celtic music and dance with the Celtibillies
on June 14 and a to-be-scheduled Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performance featuring
Bob Ravenscroft and David Wiley next fall.
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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related
to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's
degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The
College celebrates its centennial in 2013.
About 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