Hilliard, Robert C.

(1857-1927)
   Born in New York City, he began his acting career in Brooklyn at the Criterion Theatre, which he leased with Wesley Sisson. In 1886, he made his debut there as Arthur Chilton in False Shame. He moved quickly into leading man roles opposite stars like Georgia Cayvan. Hilliard found his best role in A Fool There Was (1909).
   Opening on 18 April 1928 at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York, the inscrutable play by e. e. cummings ran for 21 performances. Two characters—Him and Me—represent the central consciousness of expressionist drama, but the piece could also be called surrealist, and it has elements of symbolism, abstract poetry, Freudian psychology, and burlesque. It might also be interpreted as a parody of Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown.

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