Documentary on Eugene O'Neill Debuts on "American Experience" March 27

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Playwright Eugene O'Neill will be the subject of a March 27 edition of PBS' documentary series "American Experience."
Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill

Arthur and Barbara Gelb, the authors of the famous O'Neill biography "Life With Monte Cristo," co-wrote the script with filmmaker Ric Burns, who directs. The two-hour program takes in O'Neill's entire life, with a special focus on his childhood and his two great works Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh.

Commentators include John Guare, Tony Kusner, Lloyd Richards, Arthur Gelb and the late Jason Robards and Robert Whitehead.

Reading from his works are such actors as Christopher Plummer, Zoe Caldwell, Liam Neeson, Robert Sean Leonard, Vanessa Redgrave and Al Pacino. Plummer also narrates.

O'Neill is often credited with bringing a distinct native realism to American drama and bringing the country's stage art into the modern era. His many landmark plays include The Hairy Ape, The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie, Hughie, Desire Under the Elms, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Ah, Wilderness!. He died in 1953.

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