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

Playwright & Producer : Melita Easters

Melita Easters

Melita Easters and Scarlett (2011)

Melita Easters

Melita Easters and Scarlett (1992)

Melita Easters brings experience as a journalist, television producer, community volunteer and events planner to her role as playwright/producer for Mrs. John Marsh – The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell.

The 2011 production at Ansley Park Playhouse commemorated the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind’s publication. The play was first produced in 1992 and has been updated to reflect subsequent research and to incorporate vintage newsreel footage.

In addition to Mrs. John Marsh, she has written and produced The World of Harper Lee: Nelle’s Story and Eugenia Price and Her Beloved Island. Her one-man show, The Cigar: Robert Woodruff and the Rise of Coca Cola, will be in production this fall.

Easters has been a political and community activist in Atlanta for more than 30 years, including service as founding chair of Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee to elect more women to office in Georgia. She has served on and chaired numerous non-profit boards and committees and was a founding board member for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. She currently chairs the board of the University of Georgia’s student newspaper, The Red and Black.

Easters served four years on the Margaret Mitchell House Board of Counselors and on many other non-profit and arts boards in Atlanta. She has produced scripts for numerous highly successful fundraisers and written political speeches for herself and others.

As State News Editor for the Tifton Gazette, she won state awards and a national AP citation for deadline reporting. She wrote about politics for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and spent seven years as producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “The Lawmakers,” a nightly show during the Georgia Legislature’s 40-day session.

She is the mother of two daughters, Christina Hayes and Vanessa Washburn. Vanessa and her husband Zachary serve as house parents at the Black mountain Children’s Home; Zachary is pursing a degree at Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary in North Carolina.