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Lillian: A one-woman play based on the autobiographical works of Lillian Hellman William Luce

Lillian: A one-woman play based on the autobiographical works of Lillian Hellman

William Luce

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A 2-hour monologue as Lillian sits by the deathbed of Dashiell Hammett. Says Time Magazine, Luces choice of moment is shrewd. Unlike the sequestered Emily Dickinson, Hellman was one of lifes winners, blessed with fame, money, affection and whatMoreA 2-hour monologue as Lillian sits by the deathbed of Dashiell Hammett. Says Time Magazine, Luces choice of moment is shrewd. Unlike the sequestered Emily Dickinson, Hellman was one of lifes winners, blessed with fame, money, affection and what she seemed to seek most, a measure of power. Her childhood disillusioned her. But whose childhood does not? Her adult life was not marred by more than the normal share of grief. Only the ordeal of Hammetts last illness makes her vulnerable enough for an audience to like, despite the verbal savagery that she hurled at almost everyone she knew. The decision to present Hellman in a two-hour monologue provides a further emotional advantage: because her targets are not visible, spectators can savor the pith and vinegar of her language rather than cringe at its impact on the victims.