Margaret Mitchell-A New Play
ATLANTA--In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Gone With The Wind’s publication, Mrs. John Marsh – The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell, a one woman play about the author is presented at Atlanta’s acclaimed Ansley Park Playhouse June 2 to19.
|Kandace Christian as Margaret Mitchell|
A number of special events celebrating the 75th anniversary of Gone With The Wind’s publication are scheduled during the run of the play include a champagne and dessert reception on opening night, a costume contest and promenade for “Windies,” hat contests and several “Talk Back” sessions with the author and actress following performances.
“Hat contests during matinee performances seemed perfect for a play about Margaret Mitchell,” said Melita Easters, playwright and producer. ”She was frequently photographed in hats and they were an important part of any woman’s closet for her generation. And, who can forget the hat Scarlett wore to the Twelve Oaks barbecue in the movie’s opening scenes or the green velvet and feathered number Rhett smuggled through blockades for Scarlett during the war. Our actress wears several vintage hats during the play.”
Easters said she was inspired to add extra “Talk Back” sessions after giving a speech to residents at an Atlanta retirement home and asking how many had attended the premiere or Junior League ball during 1949. “So many residents had met Margaret Mitchell or had special memories associated with the book or movie that I wanted a forum for the rest of us to learn from and share their experiences,” she said. “When I mentioned Margaret Mitchell’s experience selling war bonds or working as a Red Cross volunteer during World War II, many heads nodded with acknowledgement of that particular shared experience.”
Easters added that there are many amusing anecdotes about Mitchell and the book which simply did not fit the format of the play which are perfect for sharing during a talk back session.
The play tells the story of the reclusive author’s life before and after she became a publishing sensation, and includes an audio visual component of rarely published photographs and newsreel footage from the movie’s Atlanta premiere.
Largely in Mitchell’s own words, the play is based on the author’s articles, letters and the one hour radio interview she gave in 1936. Additionally, Easters incorporated her research to construct an engaging and historically accurate picture of Mitchell’s life.
“Proving it is possible for aura to emanate from words, the presence of Margaret Mitchell has been wonderfully resurrected in Melita Easters’ compelling one-woman theater piece. Easters masterfully celebrates one of America’s most famous literary figures by giving her the spirit of life that gave us the book — Gone With the Wind,” said noted Georgia author Terry Kay.
“Have you ever wished you could have met Margaret Mitchell? Here’s your chance! Kandace Christian brings the author of Gone With the Wind to life,” said John Wiley, Jr., co-author of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood.
A former newspaper reporter and GPTV producer, Easters has been a political and community activist in Atlanta for more than 30 years. Kandace Christian has a long list of stage credits in Nashville and has twice won recognition as Regional Best Actress there for her work. She is featured as a vocalist on several Disney albums.
Tickets: 404-875-1193; http://www.ansleyparkplayhouse.com/mmreservations.html