Written by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden
Leigh (Ben Hecht), James Nantz (Victor Fleming), Leslie O'Carroll (Miss
Poppenghul), Erik Sandvold (David O. Selznick), Missy Moore (US Miss
Poppenghul), Jeffrey Roark (US Ben Hecht), Mark Rubald (US Victor Fleming and
David O. Selznick)
Production Staff: Dirctor (Bev
Newcomb-Madden), Rod A. Lansberry (Artistic Producer), Laura Love (Set Designer), Gail Gober
(Lighting Designer), Elizabeth Zumfelde (Costumes/Head of Wardrobe), Steve
Stevens (Sound Designer), Lance Copeman (Props), Lisa A. Kurtz (Stage Manager),
Lisa Cook (Assistant Stage Manager), Adam Stolte (Technical Manager), Nick
Cimyotte (Technical Director), Scott Little (Master Electrician), Dave Cimyotte
(Lead Technician), Grant Evenson (Lead Sound Technician), Kathleen Murphy (Performing
ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center is proud to open its 2007-2008
theater season with the frantically funny Moonlight
and Magnolias, running in the Main Stage Theater September 11 – October 7, 2007.
and the famous producer David O. Selznick is on the brink of silver-screen flop
or Oscar-winning success. He has stopped production of his new epic film Gone with the Wind because the
screenplay has a problem. Selznick sends for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and
pulls director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Given just five days, these three men, with
hilarious desperation, create a screenplay that ultimately results in one of
the most successful and beloved films of all time.
Ron Hutchinson, Moonlight and Magnolias makes
its regional premiere at the Arvada Center. The highly-farcical play had its
world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in May 2004, and
went on to play at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2005. Acclaimed by The Chicago Sun-Times as "a
hyperventilating slapstick comedy," the play garnered the John Gassner Award
(for an American play, preferrably by a new playwright) at the 55th
Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. Although it is unclear if Moonlight and Magnolias is historical
fact or fiction, The Daily News raves,
"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play."
Moonlight and Magnolias is directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden. Bev was last seen at the Arvada Center directing the ironic comedy Souvenir. Other directorial credits
include the Arvada Center's productions of The Heiress and the award-winning The 1940's
plays famed screenwriter Ben Hecht, and is best known to Colorado audiences for
his record-setting four-year run (1789 performances!) in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at DCPA. Moonlight and Magnolias marks Jordan's eighth Arvada Center appearance, including
roles in A Place at Forest Lawn,
Young Man from Atlanta, Blood Brothers and several roles in
children's theater productions. Jordan was a two-time recipient of the
Carol Burnett Award for Musical Comedy and a co-founder of the award-winning
Buffalo Nights Theatre Company in L.A.
James Nantz makes his Arvada Center debut as Victor Fleming. Denver credits include Underneath the Lintel at the Aurora Fox, Moon over Buffalo at Country Dinner Playhouse and Avenue Theater's Beyond Therapy. Other favorite credits,
both on and off Broadway, are Hamlet,
She Stoops to Conquer, The Lady from the Sea, The Glass Menagerie and Born Yesterday.
Native Erik Sandvold stars as David
O. Selznick. Previous credits at the Arvada Center are The 1940's Radio Hour, Moon over
Buffalo, Arsenic and Old Lace and
The Man Who Came to Dinner. Regional award-winning roles include all 36 characters in I Am My Own Wife (Denver Post Ovation
Award, Best Solo Performance) and Mason Marzac in Take Me Out (Ovation Award, Best Comic Performance by an Actor). In
2005, the Rocky Mountain News named Erik Top Actor.
Leslie O'Carroll returns to the Arvada Center as Miss Poppenghul,
after last playing Maria in the 2006 production of The Heiress. Leslie also appeared at the Center as
Maggie the Cook in the acclaimed production of The Women. She most
recently played the "operatic" Mrs. Fezziwig in the Denver Center Theatre
Company's production of A Christmas Carol. Favorite DCTC roles include
Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Susie Monahan in Wit and Bocazas in Life
is a Dream.
For tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200, log on to arvadacenter.org or visit the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.
range from $36 – $46 (Preview performance tickets are $25; see below for
September 11 – October
– Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
matinees at 1:00 p.m.
Performances run September 7 – 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.—FIRST
Join us for a light Southern-style dinner
on our outdoor patio, complete with sweet tea, mint juleps and other libations
that are sure to set the mood for an evening reminiscent of Tara
and gentle Southern charm. Pre-show dinner tickets available for $15 or $53 for
a dinner and show package. Call (720) 898-7200 by September 11 to make your
21 at 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m.—Talk back with
members of the cast and production team following the performance.
Friday, October 5
p.m.—American Sign Language interpreted
performance for the deaf.
6 at 2:00
p.m.—Audio-described performance, to accommodate patrons who are blind
or have low vision.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one
of the metro area's largest cultural attractions, devoted to all
aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific &
Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and located two and a half miles north of
Interstate 70 on Wadsworth Blvd.