You can say what you like in the theater within any reasonable bounds. You have a liberty of speech and editorial expression you can’t find in any other dramatic medium. And you can present an idea for the consideration of intelligent audiences, which, of course, is completely outside the gaudiest opium dreams of possibility in Hollywood. They wouldn’t know an idea if they saw it on the Coast, and if by any chance they should recognize it the film people would be frightened right out of their suede shoes. I’m not patronizing in my attitude toward the films, just realistic. And I say again that the presentation of something besides mere entertainment and spectacle is the great function of the legitimate theater of the world today.
(Quoted from page 4 of Conversations with Lillian Hellman, edited by Jackson R. Bryer. University Press of Mississippi, 1986.)
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