Molly's play is a clever and smoothly written go at a topical
subject which would have been timely in the year when Gadge
recanted publicly and named names. It might even have drawn an
audience then. Today I think it doesn't have a chance--though I agree
with the attitude--or did at the time when it was pertinent to the
discussion. We've moved enough since then so that the temper of the
argument has cooled and, according to Brownell,
3 the reds are (within
the U.S.A.) dwindling and less confident.
Samrock had sent Anderson two plays to consider for production by the Playwrights' Company. The Sin of Pat Muldoon, which Anderson compares to a Sean
O'Casey play, was by John McLiam (b. 1920), Canadian actor and playwright (who
began his acting career in a production of Winterset in San Francisco in 1946).
The Sin of Pat Muldoon,
McLiam's only play, was not produced by the Playwrights' Company, but Richard Adler and Roger Stevens produced it in March,
1957. The second play, The Egghead by Molly Kazan ( 1906-63), was suggested by the
appearance of her husband Elia Kazan (Gadge) before the House Committee on Un-
American Activities in 1952, when he told of belonging to the Communist party in the
mid-thirties and identified other members.
Herbert Brownell, U.S. attorney general ( 1953-57).
The Egghead was not produced by the Playwrights' Company, but Hope Abelson
produced it in October, 1957.
207. TO THE EDITOR, New York Times
[ Stamford, Connecticut] October 19, 1956
It can't matter very much to anybody that I'm not supporting Bill
Mauldin for Congress, but since your New City correspondent took
the trouble to say, in your October 18th issue, that I was among Mauldin's New City boosters, perhaps you won't mind printing my
statement that I am not. In fact, I have seldom agreed with Bill in
political matters, and back in 1952 when he was highly vocal on one
side of South Mountain Road in his support of Adlai Stevenson I was
just as definitely for Gen. Eisenhower, though perhaps not so voluble,
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Dramatist in America:Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958.
Contributors: Laurence G. Avery - Editor, Maxwell Anderson - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1977.
Page number: 284.
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