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- Eugene O'Neill married Carlotta Monterey in 1929 and dedicated <em>Long Day's Journey Into Night</em> to her on their 12th wedding anniversary. Despite his request that the play not be produced until 25 years after his death, Carlotta offered it Jose Quintero, who produced it on Broadway in 1956, three years after O'Neill died.
- Dalton Trumbo, seen here with his wife, Cleo, was one of the "Hollywood Ten," a group of writers and directors who were blacklisted for their refusal to discuss their political affiliations with the House Un-American Activities Committee. Arthur Miller used this Communist witch-hunt as the inspiration for <em>The Crucible</em>. Bertolt Brecht can be seen here seated behind Trumbo at a 1947 HUAC hearing.
- Coloratura soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs was the first African-American to have a long-term contract with the Met. Above: Dobbs as Gilda in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Verdi's <em>Rigoletto</em> in 1956, shortly after Marian Anderson and Robert McFerrin paved the way for black performers at Met.
- Frank Wedekind's play <em>Spring Awakening</em> (<em>Frühlings Erwachen</em>), source of the currently running Broadway musical of the same name, could be viewed only in private, members-only clubs until the Theatrical Licensing Act was repealed in 1968. Pictured above: Austin P. McKenzie and Patrick Page in Deaf West Theater's <em>Spring Awakening</em>.