Lillian Hellman wrote Watch on the Rhine in 1941, intending it a loud warning to the United States when the country was refusing to join the war against fascism in Europe. As my co-host Jeffrey Edalatpour notes, the political is very personal in this story of an estranged family that reunites (holiday theme), only to find a traitor in their own home. If the play's preachiness seems dated at times, it's message about the dangers of inaction against totalitarianism seem very up to date. Details here
A Timeless 'Watch' Against Fascism
Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine is an anti-fascist play from 1941 with a message for our times (Photo: Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)
For arts stories you won’t read anywhere else, come to KQED’s Arts and Culture desk.