Chapter 11. Personal Best: Revising and Editing

Personal Best: Revising and Editing

Producer Russel Crouse asked the awardwinning playwright Eugene O'Neill if he would cut some passages in Ah, Wilderness to make the play shorter. O'Neill was adamant about not cutting a single word from any of his plays, but he finally agreed to trim a bit. The next day O'Neill called Crouse and told him, “You'll be happy to learn I cut 15 minutes.”

“How?” Crouse ecstatically replied. “Where did you do it? I'll be right over to get the changes.” ...

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