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

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Mrs. John Marsh featured in Charleston Currents

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 Camp first collaborated with me on the play for three readings at The Players Club and The Metropolitan Club in New York, where actress and play received standing ovations and high praise. Camp is preparing for the Charleston performances under the direction of Cailin Heffernan, who has directed a number of plays with strong female characters in New York and whose productions have been nominated for NYIT Awards. Ms. Heffernan has directed for regional theater, Off-Broadway and the New York Musical Theater Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Midtown International Theater Festival and Samuel French Festival.”

Melita Easters, writing in Charleston Currents

Rotary Exchange Student Enjoys MJM In Atlanta

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Kinga Gruszecka

Kinga Gruszecka (R) of Poland is pictured with Melita’s “Scarlett” jacket and Mandi Lee (L)

Gone With The Wind was a global hit and popular in post-WWII Europe as a symbol of survival. Kinga Gruszecka enjoyed an Atlanta performance of Mrs. John Marsh – The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell. Kinga read GWTW in high school and has seen the movie. She is in Georgia as a Georgia Rotary GRSP student, spending a year at Southern Polytechnical University hosted by the Rotary clubs of Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, and Windward. She especially enjoyed the portion of the play which mentioned the care packages Margaret Mitchell sent to fans in countries like Poland during WW II.


Gwinnett Daily Post Features Mrs. John Marsh, Mandi Lee

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Play extended through August 6!

“This is a dream role for (Mandi Lee). She always loved ‘Gone With the Wind,’” said Lee’s mother Judie Lee, adding that she remembers bottle feeding her daughter as the movie played in the background.

More at the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Actress ‘sparkles’ as Margaret Mitchell

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Lilburn-MountainPark Patch features Mandi Lee, who gives her first performance as Mrs. John Marsh tonight.

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.


More Raves For Mrs. John Marsh

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Melita Easters and Mary Ellen Brooks

Melita Easters and Mary Ellen Brooks

On Sunday, the last performance of the first summer run, Mary Ellen Brooks came to see the show. She is director emerita of the University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which houses a vast collection of letters, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials from Margaret Mitchell’s estate.

This is what Mary Ellen Brooks said about “Mrs. John Marsh…”:


Having read most of the archival material concerning Margaret Mitchell, I think Melita has done a masterful job of selecting just the right material to include in her play.


AJC Recommends Mrs. John Marsh

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RECOMMENDED PLAY: Mrs. John Marsh: The World Knew her as Margaret Mitchell ====================
From Margot Ashley, Lilburn

Kandace Christian portrays Margaret (Peggy) Mitchell from post-college to the night of her death, capturing Mitchell’s character and personal history. The play, written by Melita Easters of Atlanta, is based on the letters and interviews of Margaret Mitchell, weaving in details of her life that reveal what a delightful person she was. Punctuated with photos and newsreels accompanied by music of the era, each scene describes the life of the Old South through Peggy Mitchell’s eyes. It is evident from her conversation that she was not afraid of taking on anyone or anything: hanging from the side of a building in the mechanism used to carve Stone Mountain, entertaining five beaux simultaneously from her hospital bed, standing up to giants of the publishing and newspaper business, fighting for the rights of many different groups around the Atlanta area. With only a week left in this run of the one-woman show, the house should be filled for every performance! This is a one-woman show based on the author’s letters and interviews at the Ansley Park Playhouse, through June 19.

Front page of Living Section, Monday, 13 June (emphasis added)

Doc Lawrence: Margaret Mitchell, A New Play

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“Hat contests during matinee performances seemed perfect for a play about Margaret Mitchell,” said Melita Easters, playwright and producer. ”She was frequently photographed in hats and they were an important part of any woman’s closet for her generation. And, who can forget the hat Scarlett wore to the Twelve Oaks barbecue in the movie’s opening scenes or the green velvet and feathered number Rhett smuggled through blockades for Scarlett during the war. Our actress wears several vintage hats during the play.”

More from the Doc’s News.



This Summer’s Best Seller: Summer Rental

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Kandace Christian

Kandace Christian and Mary Kay Andrews

As part of getting to know and love Atlanta, actress Kandace Christian and Melita Easters braved mid-90’s weather Monday evening to take in the book launch party for Summer Rental, the best seller of this summer  – as opposed to Gone With the Wind, the best seller 75 summers ago.

The launch party featured the author, Mary Kay Andrews, signing books; fabulous food from Feast, the restaurant host; and a door prize drawing to benefit Girl Scouts.

Kandace was thrilled when Andrews inscribed a copy of an earlier book to her mother. That book, Blue Christmas, has an Elvis theme which makes it perfect since the actress, a native of Tupelo, grew up with her mother’s stories from her service as a docent at the Elvis birthplace and museum.

First of Three: Christian Sings At La Pietra Cucina

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Kandace Christian and Alexander Reddick

Kandace Christian and Alexander Reddick at La Pietra Cucina Steinway, Saturday June 4, 2011

After an evening of portraying Peggy Mitchell on stage during Mrs. John Marsh – The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell, an actress has to let her hair down and sing a little.

At least that’s the attitude of Kandace Christian, who portrays the famed author in the Ansley Park Playhouse production which has two weekends remaining in its run. Last Saturday, after unpinning her long auburn locks, the actress/musician strolled across the marble lobby of the Peachtree Pointe building and joined pianist Alexander Reddick for a few torch songs during his weekly performance at the La Pietra Cucina Steinway.

A former Miss Mississippi who continues to be involved with the pageant as producer of televised vocal performances, Christian sees these Saturday night sing alongs as perfect practice for the upcoming pageant week in Vicksburg. She plans to be beside Reddick’s piano Saturday June 11 and June 18 following her play performances. Check back for the song set list!

Reddick, a life-long Gone With the Wind fan, watched her performance during Sunday afternoon’s matinee and was “moved to tears at the end.”

Play Preview : MidtownPatch

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From Jonesboro to Marietta, many special events are planned this month in connection with the 75th anniversary of “Gone With the Wind.” Fittingly, the first event kicks off right here in Midtown, with the premiere of a revised version of Easters’ one-woman play, “Mrs. John Marsh — The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell” at the Ansley Park Playhouse.

Opening night with a dessert-and-champagne reception is Thursday. (And not just any desserts; seven-layer caramel and chocolate cakes are being flown in! And Mayhaw jelly cheese-and-pecan pinwheels have just arrived from Colquitt in Southwest Georgia).

More at Midtown Patch.


Mrs. John Marsh: Preview Set For Athens

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As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gone With The Wind, Mrs. John Marsh is scheduled for a preview on May 7 at 8 pm in Athens, GA. Details.

The Southern Writers Theatre presents Mrs. John Marsh

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The Southern Writers Theatre is sponsoring a free performance of “Mrs. John March” on St. Paddy’s Day at the Williamson County Public Library.

Mitchell’s writing of Gone With the Wind was built on the many aspects of her life as a native southerner, a woman, a journalist, and on her Irish ancestors. “Mrs. John Marsh,” written by Atlanta playwright Melita Easters and played by Kandace Christian, a local actor, brings to life a span of 90 years of the history, as well as the three wars that those years enveloped, of the nation in which we dwell. The production will be directed by Dr. Jamie Cutler, actor, academician, playwright, and Grammy-nominated song writer.


Mrs. John Marsh : Reading Scheduled In Tennessee

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On St. Patty’s Day, the Southern Writers Theatre will present a reading of Mrs. John Marsh, a one-woman play about Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, at the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, TN.