That would be Lillian Hellman. The play premiered n 1934 and was controversial for its lesbian themes. It was so controversial that she first film adaptation in 1936 cut out a major moment from the play where Martha admits her attraction to Karen. The film was entitled The Lie and is also known under the title These Three. In 1961, the film was remade with Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburne and this time the homosexuality was not cut.