Actors Julie Bock and Vincent Keene try to capture the spirit of "Gone with the Wind" in "Don't Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell," playing at the Chautauqua Palayhouse. Photo by Warren Harrison


‘Mostly true’ story comes to Chautauqua stage

By From page B6 | March 07, 2012

Chautauqua Playhouse announces its next show, the West Coast premiere of the new comedy “Dont’ Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell” by Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate, opening on March 9 at the playhouse.

Hilarious, irreverent and mostly true! It is 1939 and David O. Selznick has begun filming “Gone with the Wind” but he needs a new script. There is only one writer up to the task, the legendary Ben Hecht. The only problem, Hecht has never read the book and there is only a week to write the new screenplay. Add in director Victor Fleming, who has just been yanked off “The Wizard of Oz” to work on the project, and you have a fast paced comedy full of surprises and peppered with movie trivia. You will laugh until you are out of breath at the antics which produce one of the classic movies of all time.

The production is directed by Warren Harrison and features Vincent Keene, Bob Nannini, Walter Thompson and Julie Bock. Set design is by Harrison with costumes by Eileen Beaver and lighting design by Don Myers.

The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 15. All performances will be held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road in the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael.  Admission is $19 general and $17 students, seniors, children and SARTA members.

Information and tickets are available through the Chautauqua Playhouse website at or call the box office at (916) 489-7529.

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