Opening

by  Matthew Kelty

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival!
The producer of Gone with the Wind, David O. Selznick, asks Hattie McDaniel to politely decline to attend the premiere of the movie in Atlanta.

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    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
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An imagined conversation, inspired by real events. The producer of Gone with the Wind, David O. Selznick, asks Hattie McDaniel to politely decline to attend the premiere of the movie in Atlanta, making sure she's aware that if she doesn't comply, she'll never work again, and hanging an Academy Award nomination over her head for good behavior. Ultimately, and painfully, she decides to go along with his request.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 32nd Series.

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  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

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Matthew Kelty

Matthew Kelty is a playwright, actor, and director who works in New York, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. His play "Opening" is a winner of Samuel French's 32nd annual Off-Off-Broadway festival, and has been performed around the country. New York productions include "Black and Blue" at The Actors Studio, "When a Storm Com ...

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