The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Nov. 7, 1949

Montserrat (adapted from the French of Emmanuel Robles by Lillian Hellman; produced by Kermit Bloomgarden & Gilbert Miller) is a young Spanish officer sent to Venezuela in 1812 to help capture Bolivar. Actually, the idealistic Montserrat is helping to hide him—and known to be. Aware that torture will never make Montserrat talk, his ruthless colonel adopts a crueler course: he collects six innocent townspeople who are to be shot unless Montserrat speaks up. Montserrat, though horrified, refuses; and a long, harrowing ordeal begins.

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