There has been in our time a lack of reliance on language and a lack of experimentation which are frightening to anyone who sees them as symptoms. We know the phenomenon of stage-fright: it holds the player shivering, incapable of speech or action. Perhaps there is an audience-fright which the play can feel, which leaves him with these incapacities.
Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 8 (1949).
On American playwriting. Prominent playwrights of the time included Eugene O'Neill, Maxwell Anderson, Robert E. Sherwood, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, and William Saroyan.