April 21, 1934
My dear Mrs. Keehn:--
In reply to your letter of April 3rd, I am gratified that you like "Mary of Scotland" so much.
As to doing the research work for me I am sorry but I always have done this work myself, inasmuch as the facts surrounding the characters in my plays seem to stick more clearly when I do the reading myself.
Very truly yours, Maxwell Anderson
As you will no doubt talk over the Valley Forge production before long it occurs to me that I might write you a letter to sum up my wishes regarding it and the plans I'd like to make so that you can lay them before the board.
Briefly, I want to direct the play myself with Lionel Berias as assistant, and I want Carroll French to set it and design costumes. 2
For a number of years I've believed that the best director of a play was its author, at least when the author knew his way about the theatre and was equal to the occasion. I have avoided the job in the past because I'm well aware of its difficulties and had no wish to saddle myself with a month's work which is usually both thankless and ill-paid. But there's no getting away from the fact that I know better what I planned to put on the stage than any director, even the best, and I have no doubt that I've had enough experience now to get from the actors more nearly what the play needs than could be got by