I was offered the chance to go on the road with I Remember Mama but I was sick of it and turned it down. Luckily, before I ran out of money I was offered a part in a new Maxwell Anderson play, Truckline Cafe, which was to be produced by Elia Kazan...I was given the part in Truckline Cafe largely because of Stella [Adler]...The critics didn't like it and it closed after less than two weeks. Still, short-lived though it was, Truckline Cafe changed my life.
He came through like a bolt of lightning. It was a monologue, a good page of script, why he killed his wife. In the fifty years in the business, I've never seen it happen before, and it's never happened since. He stopped the show. Nobody could continue for over a minute and a half, two minutes. The audience shouted, they screamed, they stamped their feet. - Karl Malden