Depicts the reality of American theatrical creation, exemplified by the career of play producer Leland Hayward, a charismatic personality whose achievements and exploits provided almost daily media fodder. The introduction traces the evolution of the American play producer from actor/manager into an entrepreneur devoted primarily to selecting, presenting, and exploiting his 'property' (the playscript) commercially. The rest of the chapters focus on Hayward's producing career, illustrating the producer's role at each phase of a stage production.
Sonia Berman has worked for prominent theatrical producers in New York City and has produced Off- Broadway and directed Off-Off Broadway. Recently retired, she taught theater at CSU, Sacramento, Ocean County College, New Jersey, and Columbia University.