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Broadway lights will be dimmed for Philip Seymour Hoffman

Broadway lights will be dimmed for Philip Seymour Hoffman

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Broadway League says theater marquee lights will be dimmed for a minute Wednesday night in honor of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
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List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners:
Washington likens 'Flight' to O'Neill play

Washington likens 'Flight' to O'Neill play

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Denzel Washington says he didn't sign on to play an intoxicated airline pilot who saves a planeload of people by executing some daring maneuvers in the drama "Flight" because he knew someone whose life was destroyed by addiction.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.
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List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners:
'Matilda' wins 7 Olivier Awards

'Matilda' wins 7 Olivier Awards

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- The London stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book "Matilda" has won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.
Comedian Peter Bergman dead at 72

Comedian Peter Bergman dead at 72

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- Comedian and radio personality Peter Bergman died of leukemia Friday in Santa Monica, Calif., his comedy troupe Firesign Theatre said. He was 72.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
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List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners:
Winger to act at Psychological Assoc. convention

Winger to act at Psychological Assoc. convention

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Debra Winger is to lead a dramatic reading as part of a panel discussion about addiction during the American Psychological Association convention.

'Bambino Curse' bat to be auctioned

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- A baseball bat with a direct connection to the "Curse of the Bambino" that hung over the Boston Red Sox for 86 years is set to be auctioned off.

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UPI almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.
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University of Texas acquires Mamet papers

AUSTIN, Texas, April 18 (UPI) -- The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas has acquired the papers of playwright David Mamet, it was announced Wednesday.

Tony Danza to join 'The Producers'

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Tony Danza is set to take over the role of Max Bialystock in the Mel Brooks musical, "The Producers," on Broadway.
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Eugene O'Neill
Actors John Stamos and Eartha Kitt take their opening night curtain call bows at the Eugene O'Neill theatre on Oct. 7, 2003 in the Broadway musical "Nine." Stamos and Kitt replaced orginal cast stars Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera whose contract expired. (UPI/Ezio Petersen)
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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright, and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. O'Neill wrote only one well-known comedy (Ah, Wilderness!). Nearly all of his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.

O'Neill was born in a Broadway hotel room in Longacre Square (now Times Square), in the Barrett Hotel. The site is now a Starbucks (1500 Broadway, Northeast corner of 43rd & Broadway); a commemorative plaque is posted on the outside wall with the inscription: "Eugene O'Neill, October 16, 1888 ~ November 27, 1953 America's greatest playwright was born on this site then called Barrett Hotel, Presented by Circle in the Square."

He was the son of Irish immigrant actor James O'Neill and Mary Ellen Quinlan. Because of his father's profession, O'Neill was sent to a Catholic boarding school where he found his only solace in books. O'Neill spent his summers in New London, Connecticut. After being suspended from Princeton University, he spent several years at sea, during which he suffered from depression and alcoholism. O'Neill's parents and elder brother Jamie (who drank himself to death at the age of 45) died within three years of one another, not long after he had begun to make his mark in the theater. Despite his depression he had a deep love for the sea, and it became a prominent theme in many of his plays, several of which are set onboard ships like the ones that he worked on.

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