'Moonlight and Magnolias' opens theater's summer season

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The comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson is scheduled to open the 58th season at Western Reserve Playhouse. The show will run June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

In the play, 1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick (played by Ed Conrad) has shut down production on his new epic "Gone With The Wind," a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht (Dan Williams) and pulls formidable director Victor Flemming (Al Klesh) from the set of "The Wizard of Oz."

Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades and on a steady diet of bananas and peanuts fed to them by the loyal and the ever present secretary (Pat Hudson), the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become a blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

Jim Volkert directs.

Note to those with peanut allergies, peanuts are extensively used onstage.

Tickets prices for adults are $12 and seniors are $10. Call 330-620-7314 for details.

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