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Moonlight and Magnolias


  • Playwright

    Ron Hutchinson 

  • Synopsis

    'There's your first problem. No Civil War movie ever made a dime. Or ever will.' Hollywood, 1939: semi-independent mogul David O.Selznick has just shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history - his megabudget version of Margaret Mitchell's bestselling novel Gone with the Wind - scrapping the original script and sacking the director in the process. Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant services of ace script doctor Ben Hecht - possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel - and the movie's new director Victor Fleming, poached straight from the set of The Wizard of Oz. His reputation on the line, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas to sustain them, Selznick locks himself in his office with his two collaborators, and a marathon creative session begins...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    15 May 2004

  • Production Notes

    Produced by The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Illinois.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First produced at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.

Original Cast  
Ben Hecht William Dick
Victor Fleming Rob Riley
David O. Selznick Ron Orbach
Miss Poppenghul Mary Seibel
Production Team  
Director Steve Robman
Costume Designer Birgit Rattenborg Wise
Sound Designer Richard Woodbury
Set & Lighting Designer Michael Philippi
Production Stage Manager Ellen Hay
Dramaturg Tom Creamer
Fight Consultant Nick Sandys



  • Territory

    Ireland and Great Britain

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Judy Daish, Judy Daish Associates Ltd

  • Address

    2 St Charles Place
    London W10 6EG

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 8964 8811

  • Website

  • Territory

    United States of America

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

  • Address

    440 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY 10016

  • Phone

    +1 212 6838960

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.