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Who Would You Put On A Mt. Rushmore Of American Playwrights?

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    With the news that there will be a new film adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris, that had me thinking: O’Neill is universally considered to be one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. If there were a Mt. Rushmore-style monument made to 4 great American playwrights, surely O’Neill would be one of the people featured on the monument. The next question is, who would the other 3 be alongside him? So many great possibilities are out there: Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, August Wilson, Lillian Hellman, Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, and Tony Kushner are just a few of them. I’ve tried hard to fill the slots, but each time I do, someone inevitably gets left out and leaves me indecisive. So if you could pick a Mt. Rushmore of the 4 greatest American playwrights, who would you pick? Please feel free to use the names I mentioned as well as others I’ve missed.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I never do Mount Rushmore’s of my own. I guess it’s one of those things where just because other people do it, doesn’t mean I have to.

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    In terms of cultural significance and reputation, I’d say Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and August Wilson are the big four.

    My personal 4 just off the ones you listed would probably be more like Tennesee Williams, August Wilson, Lillian Hellman, Tony Kushner.

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