Documentary and dramatic techniques are freely combined to tell the story of the life and work of Eugene O'Neill. Scenes from eight O'Neill plays are dramatized by an all-star cast that includes Jason Robards and Geraldine Fitzgerald in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Tony LoBianco in The Hairy Ape, and Blythe Danner as Anna Christie. These dramatic excerpts serve to illuminate O'Neill's life and complex personality and testify to his consummate dramatic ability. When combined with documentary materials, they fuse reality with art, enabling us to see for ourselves the alchemy by which the playwright transformed the one into the other. Read by actor Jeffrey De Munn, Eugene O'Neill's own words help to narrate the story.