Wrote "Watch on the Rhine", produced on Broadway. Drama. Directed / produced by Herman Shumlin
. Martin Beck Theatre: 1 Apr 1941-21 Feb 1942 (378 performances). NOTE: Filmed as Watch on the Rhine
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[on the complaints of critics] If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.
She wrote the script for the original version of Leonard Bernstein
's musical version of Voltaire
's satirical classic "Candide", but the show was unsuccessful at the time, and the blame was placed largely on Hellman's script, which was declared too serious and bitter. It had also introduced incidents not in Voltaire's original novel, and had eliminated many of the novel's comic incidents, so a new...