In 1928, Sean O'Casey presented a copy of his latest play, The Silver Tassie, to the London impresario Sir Barry Jackson. Jackson wouldn't stage it. "You've written a fine play, a terrible play," he told O'Casey. "I dare not put it on." Soon the triumviral heads of the Abbey Theatre, who had seen their seats and coffers filled by O'Casey's earlier work, declined the play as well. W.B. Yeats, the script's harshest critic, told O'Casey that Tassie had "no dominating character, no dominating action, neither psychological unity or unity of action." O'Casey's considered reply:... More >>>