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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Barter Theatre comes to Ferrum
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“Don’t Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell,” a Barter Theatre production, will be staged at Ferrum College Saturday.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Barter Theatre, one of the nation's oldest professional non-profit theatres, is bringing its production of "Don't Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell" to Ferrum College on Saturday, May 3.

During this "hilarious and mostly true" comedy, audience members will follow the antics of three men locked in an office trying to write a screenplay for Gone with the Wind in one week.

Patrons may enjoy dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the show for $45 or just the show at 7 p.m. for $27.

Tickets may be ordered by calling (540) 230-6600 or online at

"Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell" celebrates not just the effort, but also the enormous risk that goes into creating a great work of art.

The show is set in the spring of 1939. The public is eagerly anticipating the release of Gone With the Wind. Actors are on set, cameramen are standing by, and the bills are piling up for one of the most expensive movies ever made.

The problem is that the script is terrible.

Legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick grabs his new director Victor Fleming, famed scriptwriter Ben Hecht and his loyal secretary Miss Peabody, and locks himself and them in his office, ordering cases of bananas and peanuts for "brain food" until they have a new script. To make matters even more complicated, Ben Hecht has never read the novel, so Selznick and Fleming frantically act out key scenes while he types.

It's a wild and exhilarating ride as Selznick and his team race to meet their deadline and save the epic movie from becoming an epic flop.

Barter Theatre is funded in part by the Virginia Commission of the Arts (VCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The Barter Theatre production of "Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell" is part of Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series (BRPAS), which is also partially VCA and NEA supported.

Upcoming BRPAS events include Appalachian and Celtic music and dance with the Celtibillies on June 14 and a to-be-scheduled Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performance featuring Bob Ravenscroft and David Wiley next fall.

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