Barter Theatre to Present “Don’t Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell”

Barter Theatre to Present “Don’t Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell” at Ferrum College May 3

Tickets to Cate and Ernsberger’s “hilarious and mostly true” comedy are still available.

Don’t Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell

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

“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 theatre experiences.