MTC Confirms Arkin, Sills and Rasche for Moonlight & Magnolias, a Backstage Tale of "Gone With the Wind"

News   MTC Confirms Arkin, Sills and Rasche for Moonlight & Magnolias, a Backstage Tale of "Gone With the Wind" Manhattan Theatre Club has announced complete details about its New York premiere of Moonlight & Magnolias, the new "Gone With the Wind" play by Ron Hutchinson.

As previously reported, the Lynn Meadow-directed staging will include Matthew Arkin, David Rasche, Douglas Sills and Margo Skinner. Previews begin March 3 toward a March 29 opening at New York City Center Stage I, 131 W. 55th Street.

"Set in Hollywood in 1939 and inspired by real events, Moonlight & Magnolias is a behind-the-scenes account of the collaboration between film producer David O. Selznick (Douglas Sills), director Victor Fleming (David Rasche) and screenwriter Ben Hecht (Matthew Arkin) as they write the screenplay for 'Gone With The Wind,'" according to MTC.

Skinner will play Miss Poppenghul, Selznick's assistant.

The design team includes Santo Loquasto (set), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting) and Obadiah Eaves (sound).

For fans of the Arkin family, MTC has two Arkin brothers on its stages this season. Adam Arkin stars in the Broadway run of Donald Margulies' Brooklyn Boy, a world-premiere co-production by MTC and South Coast Repertory. It plays the MTC Biltmore Theatre beginning Jan. 13. Lynne Meadow is artistic director of Manhattan Theatre Club, which operates spaces Off-Broadway and on. She directed The Tale of the Allergist's Wife for MTC.

Moonlight & Magnolias had a previous staging at Chicago's Goodman Theatre beginning in May 2004. Steve Robman directed a cast that included Ron Orbach (Selznick), Rob Riley (Fleming) and William Dick (Hecht).

Hutchinson is the author of Rat in the Skull, which appeared at Chicago's Wisdom Bridge Theatre with Brian Dennehy, and at the Royal Court Theatre, the Public Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and was revived in London's West End. He adapted Mikhail Bulgokov's Flight for the Royal National Theatre and wrote Burning Issues which appeared at the Hampstead Theatre, Beau! at the Haymarket Leicester Square and on a United Kingdom tour, Lags at the Theatre Royal Bristol and on a United Kingdom tour. His play Head/Case will be produced by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Belgrade Theatre in fall of 2004.

Hutchinson has lived in Los Angeles for the past 20 years, where he works in TV and feature films. He won an Emmy in 1989 for "Murderers Among Us - The Simon Wiesenthal Story." His latest feature work includes rewrites on Fox Pictures "Flight of the Phoenix," to be released in 2005 and in television, USA Networks' "Traffic."

The performance schedule for Moonlight & Magnolias is Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM, and Sunday evening performances at 7 PM. Tickets are $60 and can be reserved by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. For more information, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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