A new theater

By Sandra Ríos

On Wednesday, October 15, San Miguel Theater Company opened a new theater space in Colonia Independencia. They debuted with the play Moonlight & Magnolias, a comedy by Ron Hutchinson that tells the story of legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick and his struggle to get a good script for Gone with Wind. He has just fired George Cukor, the former director and desperately needs a new director and writer immediately. However, the writer he wants, Ben Hecht, has never read the novel. Selznick forces him to read the book and offers him $15,000 to write a revised screenplay by the end of the week. Selznick also calls the director Victor Fleming, pulling him from finishing The Wizard of Oz to be the new director of Gone with the Wind. The cast includes Mick Diener as David O. Selznick, Ken Albanese as Ben Hecht, Jim Newell as Victor Fleming, and Phoebe Greyson as Miss Popenguel.

Jim Newell is the founder and director of this new theater; he welcomed the audience before starting the play and gave a public recognition to Lola Smith, big boss of the SMA Playreaders, for her active participation in the theater in San Miguel. According to Judy Newell, Jim’s wife and collaborator in this theater, the first production in English and Spanish will be on December 5, with a musical. Judy said that one of the activities they want to do for the local community is free theater, music, painting, and dance classes for school children of Colonia Independencia. They have plans to start with one class every two weeks. Moonlight & Magnolias had its first season from October 15 to 19 and returns again, from October 22 to 26 at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 5pm. The theater has 125 comfortable seats, free parking, and a taxi concierge.

Avenida Independencia 82, Colonia Independencia.


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