Mon July 18, 2011
The SummerStage Festival Offers "Moonlight and Magnolias"
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we speak with Chris Crawford, artistic director of Playhouse Tulsa, a relatively new theatre company on the local scene --- yet one that's already distinguished itself with wonderful productions like "Macbeth," "House & Garden," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Later this week, from July 21st through the 24th, Playhouse Tulsa will present --- as a part of the SummerStage Festival at the Tulsa PAC --- the quick, zany, and off-the-wall slapstick comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias." This play tells the strange-but-mostly-true story of how the legendary (and famously obsessive and overbearing) Hollywood producer David O. Selznick once locked the director Victor Fleming and the screenwriter Ben Hecht in his office for five days so that the three men could together hash out a top-to-bottom revision of the script for "Gone with the Wind." As Crawford explains on ST today, the three of them actually ate nothing but peanuts and bananas for the duration.... (For more about this production, including ticket details and show times, please visit http://tulsapac.com/calendar.asp?id=1815&task=display.) Also on our show today, commentator Barry Friedman explains why his daughter has decided to continue her college education in France (rather than returning to OU, as was planned originally).