Friday’s opening events include one of two stage productions marking the anniversary. “The Wind has Left,” will be performed at the Kristi Lynn Theatre/Murray Arts Center at 11 a.m. today, and is a collaboration by museum directors Connie Suther-land and Patrick Curtis, with narrator Chris Sullivan.
“It’s a silly way to start off with a laugh,” Sutherland said. “The serious one is ‘Vivien’ on Saturday,” he said, referring to the second production, a one-woman play by Rick Forster.
Friday evening brings a costume bazaar and dinner in the Murray Arts Center Grand Lobby, Sutherland said, with the Third Annual Robert Warren Awards Presentation, which are named after Warren for his love of the movie.
“Robert was only 50 years old; we lost him a couple years ago unexpectedly, so we named the awards for him because I don’t think anyone loved the movie as much as he did,” Sutherland said.
The event that has been the most popular in past years, Sutherland said, has been the bazaar ball. “We’ve had a great response to it, and a lot of people will be in costume.” Miss Georgia is coming to the bazaar, as well as other special guests, including a dance instructor, Sutherland said.
Saturday’s highlight includes actress Judith Chapman, star of “The Young and The Restless,” performing the star role in “Vivien,” Sutherland said. Chapman will portray Vivien Leigh, best known for her Oscar-winning role in “Gone with the Wind” as the fiery heroine Scarlett O’Hara, Sutherland said, describing the play as “intense.”
“In her later years, the beautiful but troubled actress lived a tortured life due to mental illness,” Sutherland said.
“Her 20-year marriage to actor Laurence Olivier ended as a result of her battle with schizophrenia and bipolar disease.” Leigh also suffered from tuberculosis and later died from the lung disease in 1967 at the age of 53, Sutherland said.
The 90-minute play will be presented at 2 p.m. in the former Theatre in the Square building, now home to The Marietta Players, she said, adding seating for the play is limited and there is some adult language.
Tickets may be purchased for the entire weekend or for select activities.
For the full event schedule and ticket prices, visit the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum website at gwtwmarietta.com or call (770) 794-5576 or (770) 794-5145.