The Donmar may have lost its funding in the recent ACE round, but it hasn’t lost its artistic credibility or ability to unearth overlooked plays. Ellen McDougall—that most delicate of directors—has assembled a cast which includes Kate Duchêne, Patricia Hodge and Caitlin Fitzgerald to revive Lillian Hellman’s 1941 play, set in Washington DC, where an American family can no longer remain untouched by events in Europe and the creeping tide of Nazism.
“It’s an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.” Summer 1941. On a peaceful morning in her Washington D.C. living room, widow Fanny Farrelly anxiously awaits the return of her daughter and her German husband, fleeing Europe with their children. As night falls, dark secrets emerge, and this American sanctuary becomes even more dangerous than what they left behind. Known for her success on Broadway (The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour) Lillian Hellman was also a brilliant activist, ahead of her time.