Director's Take: Moonlight and Magnolias - Opening June 2

Director Adrian Lopez-Balbontin shares his thoughts on the upcoming production of Moonlight and Magnolias, opening June 2.

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, because the screenplay doesn’t work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

“A rip-roaring farce,” says the NY Daily News of Moonlight and Magnolias, this production welcomes us as an insider to the dynamics of vintage Hollywood with hilarity and genuinely witty characters drawn with such affection we can’t help but cheer them on.

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Director Adrian Lopez-Balbontin

Moonlight and Magnolias marks Adrian’s second production with Lyric Arts after his directorial debut with Nice Work If You Can Get It last summer. Previous directing credits in the Twin Cities metro were with Red Eye Theater and Bryant Lake Bowl. He has been in the Twin Cities for almost three years and is thrilled that recently he found a new artistic home with Lyric Arts as Education Director. Some previous directing credits include Aston Rep in Chicago as well as PCPA and The Great American Melodrama in California. Adrian also regularly assistant directs at The Guthrie and has worked with numerous LORT theaters in that capacity. There’s more information at Finally, he thanks Brad Carroll because he taught him all the good stuff about making musicals.