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This show closed on October 6, 2018

About Days to Come

Lillian Hellman’s second play, "Days to Come", is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. “It’s the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension,” Hellman said in an interview before "Days to Come" opened in 1936. “It’s the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop…”

Audiences had no chance to appreciate "Days to Come" when it premiered on Broadway in 1936; it closed after a week. Hellman blamed herself for the play’s failure. “I wanted to say too much,” she wrote in a preface to the published play in 1942—while admitting that her director was confused and her cast inadequate. But Hellman’s play is better than she would admit.

"Days to Come" was revived only once in New York, in 1978: “'Days to Come' appears in retrospect to be a warm-up for her first masterpiece, "The Little Foxes"…It was also the first place in which her great continuing theme was fully stated: that there is no line between private morality and public policy, that political choices are moral choices. All people, Hellman tells us, have their failings; they are to be understood. But when those failings spill out onto other people, they become something which is no longer private and which cannot be overlooked.” The Village Voice

Run Time

2hrs, incl. intermission

Start Date

End Date



Theatre Row - The Beckett Theatre

410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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