About the Cast
Please note these were real people.
All three men were high-energy, driven, and extremely talented in the 1939 Hollywood. All three were well-known, and each valued his successes and reputation.
The dialogue is quick and snappy, not unlike the screwball comedies of the thirties and forties which Hecht helped develop. But there are serious moments too, interspersed with witty jibes between Hecht and Fleming.
NOTE: Age will NOT be a determining factor for casting.
David O Selznick - (late 30's) A determined perfectionist whose father-in-law is Louis B. Mayer of MGM (a sticking point). He appears confident, but the fear of failure seems to drive him forward. Selznick must have a hit, but lacks a script and director he believes in, so he is a bit frantic. Yet he is also a calming force and peace-maker when needed. He is famous for his micro-managing memos.
Ben Hecht - (mid 40's) A rather cynical and outspoken, but considered one of the best screenwriters in Hollywood and on Broadway who influenced movies to this day. Hecht began his career as a hard-boiled Chicago journalist who lived the life of the movie newspaper men we see in "The Front Page." He said what he thought and seemed not to fear criticizing others and the world he lived in. Hecht was very aware of the prejudice in 1930's Hollywood against Jews and worked to bring attention to the plight of Jews in Europe under the Nazis. His support of the Jews in Palestine angered the authorities in England.
Victor Fleming - (early 40's) He started his Hollywood career as a chauffeur having been a mechanic, race car driver, as well as a photographer in WWI and for Wilson at Versailles. He is a "man's man, and said to have made Clark Gable, Gable. An imposing figure who was quite attractive to the ladies. He has an eye for creating amazing shots and uses this throughout the play to help the writing of the script. Vivian Leigh did not want to work with him; Gable got along well with him, and in "Wizard of Oz" filming he slapped Judy Garland for giggling too much.
Miss Poppenghul - (mid 20's) A hard-working secretary who puts up with Selznick and his demands. She doesn't get much of a chance to voice her opinion, but her glare at Fleming upon hearing he slapped Garland gives clear notice of her thoughts.
About the Show
September 12th,13th,14th at 7:00pm
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It is 1939 in Hollywood. David O. Selznick has halted the filming of "Gone With the Wind," because the screenplay just isn't working.
To salvage his flailing epic, Selznick takes Victor Fleming off the set of "Wizard of Oz" and sends for the famed writer Ben Hecht. But, Hecht has not read Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel.
No problem - Fleming and Selznick spend five days explaining the book, often acting out scenes, so that Hecht can rewrite the script.
Locked in Selznick's office with only bananas and peanuts to eat, the famous film gets written. But not without a few problems and lots of witty dialogue and a bit of hilarity.
From the New York Daily News
"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play... A rip-roaring farce... With witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations..."