Enthusiastic audience response to Mrs. John Marsh – The World Knew Her as Margaret
Mitchell, a one woman play about the author written by Melita Easters, has prompted an
extension at the Ansley Park Playhouse thru July 31.
“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.”
The highly entertaining play tells the story of the reclusive author’s life before and after she
became a publishing sensation. It stars Kandace Christian, a Tennessee based actress and
former Miss Mississippi. The play includes an audio visual component of rarely published
photographs and newsreel footage from the movie’s Atlanta premiere.
Largely in Mitchell’s own words, the play is based on the author’s articles, the thousands
of letters she wrote and the one hour long radio interview she gave in 1936 as edited and
organized by Melita Easters. Additionally, Easters incorporates her research of literary sources
and biographies to construct an engaging and historically accurate picture of Mitchell’s life.
The July show dates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays include a number of “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 the author’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.
“Audiences just love being able to share reminiscences of Margaret Mitchell and to ask
questions,” Gibson said. “Melita has a vast knowledge of her subject and answers questions in
an engaging and entertaining fashion.”
A former newspaper reporter and GPTV producer, Easters has been a political and community
leader 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.