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Playwright Eugene O'Neill

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The Experimental Playwrights' Theater Opened
November 3, 1916

On November 3, 1916, the Playwrights' Theater opened its first New York season in a small space in Greenwich Village. The premiere featured three short plays, including Bound East for Cardiff, a one-act play by O'Neill. The November 3 production marked the New York debut of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century.

O'Neill lived from 1888 to 1953. He won four Pulitzer Prizes for his plays and the Nobel Prize for literature. And, he is credited with transforming American theater. O'Neill's plays continue to make audiences laugh, cry, and think about life. A recent production of his play The Ice Man Cometh received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival.

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