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Eugene O'Neill Profiled on PBS' 'American Experience,' March 27

Eugene O'Neill, whose A Touch of the Poet is currently being performed in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival, will be profiled on PBS' documentary series "American Experience" on March 27th, 2006.

Documentary king Ric Burns ("The Civil War") will direct the special, of which Burns and Donald Rosenfeld are the executive producers. Arthur and Barbara Gelb, who won acclaim for their O'Neill autobiography Life With Monte Cristo, co-penned the script for the show with Burns. Christopher Plummer, Zoe Caldwell, Liam Neeson and Tony Kushner will be among those to share insights on the prolific and enduringly popular playwright. The special is a Steeplechase Films production.

O'Neill, who incorporated his own troubled family history into A Long Day's Journey Into Night (commonly regarded as his greatest masterpiece), was known for writing sprawling and poetic modern tragedies. His works included The Iceman Cometh, Desire Under the Elms, Mourning Becomes Electra, Strange Interlude, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Anna Christie and Ah, Wilderness!, his sole comedy. O'Neill, who died in 1953, was the only American playwright to have received a Nobel Prize for Literature.

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