This edition: The Gelbs on Eugene O'Neill
Original tape date: June 7, 1999.
First aired: February 17, 2000.
Theater Talk presents a rare interview with Arthur & Barbara Gelb, devoted to the great playwright, Eugene O'Neill. The historians discuss the life and work of O'Neill, including his definitive works: "The Iceman Cometh," "Long Day's Journey Into Night" plus "A Moon for the Misbegotten," which set a new standard for dramatic literature in the Twentieth Century. In 1962, The Gelbs wrote a landmark biography of O'Neill that was hailed as the definitive depiction and evaluation of the legendary genius. In this interview, taped in 1999, they explained why they had just completely rewritten this work for a new three volume edition, published that year.