Mrs. John Marsh : The World Knew Her As Margaret Mitchell

Extended Run: Duluth’s Mandi Lee Portrays Margaret Mitchell In Play Celebrating GWTW’s 75th Year

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Mandi Lee and GWTW Dolls

Mandi Lee With GWTW Dolls, Age 1

Four Gone with the Wind dolls she received on her first birthday stand as silent sentinels while Duluth’s Mandi Lee prepares to portray the author who created those memorable characters in the book that was published 75 years ago this summer.

Mandi takes the stage at Ansley Park Playhouse this weekend in the one woman show Mrs. John Marsh – The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell, written by Melita Easters;  the play has been has been extended due to positive audience response.

The July show runs on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and includes “Talk Back” sessions which offer audiences the opportunity to interact with the actress and playwright, a feature which has been surprisingly popular, Gibson said. Amongst those attending earlier Talk Back sessions have been Margaret Mitchell’s first cousin, senior citizens with fond memories of having known Margaret Mitchell, and a Morehouse Medical School professor whose medical school scholarship was paid for by Mitchell.

The July 29 matinee has been designated a “Multi Generation” performance,  offering the opportunity for a family outing.  Family members older than 80 and one child under 12 per ticketed adult or older sibling are free for the performance. “These family friendly days will allow several generations to enjoy a performance which is likely to spark conversations and reminiscences within a family,” Easters said. “This also celebrates the grand story telling tradition of the South and the fact that Margaret Mitchell honed her storytelling skills and learned about the Civil War on the laps of elderly relatives on Sunday afternoon visits.”

“Atlanta audiences love this play because they love anything about Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind, especially during this 75th anniversary summer of the book’s publication,” said Ansley Park Playhouse Owner John Gibson, “Between the positive press and the receptive audiences, we knew we had to extend the run.”

GWTW Roots Run Deep

Mandi Halloween

Mandi Lee As Scarlett, Halloween, Age 7

An aunt gave Mandi the Madame Alexander Scarlett, Rhett, Mammy and Bonnie Blue Butler dolls for her first birthday; the dolls are still on display in her family home in Duluth. At age seven, on Halloween the actress transformed herself into Scarlett while her younger sister dressed as Scarlett’s daughter, Bonnie Butler.

“I don’t remember a time when I was growing up when we didn’t watch Gone With the Wind at least once a year,” she said, noting that she first attempted to read the 1,037 page novel while still in elementary school but set it aside for completion in her middle school years.

Mandi made her stage debut at age six in a production of Cinderella at The Talent Factory, a now closed Duluth children’s theatre company where she performed until the age of 14 when she switched to productions at Lilburn’s Providence Christian Academy.

She is a graduate of the prestigious Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in Saint Louis, where she had the lead role in several productions. She has also appeared in three small independent films.

To reserve seats, call the theatre at 404-875-1193 or use this link to the APP reservations page.









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