The Problem of the Hero

Shaun Dozier

March 1941, the St. James Theatre in New York. On the eve of opening night, a difference of opinion over a single page of the script threatens an impasse between two literary giants of the 20th century. As rehearsal continues around Richard Wright and Paul Green, led by the mercurial Orson Welles, the ensuing argument—delving into race, class, politics, and personal story—seems destined to dissolve the writers’ friendship.