I found The Seesaw Log, William Gibson‘s journal from his experience of bringing his first Broadway production to life on the stage, a successful play that starred Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft (in her first role on stage), a fascinating and insightful read.

In the intro of the book, which also includes a post-staged version of the 2 hander (Two for the Seesaw), Gibson writes, “only in fiction can one tell the truth.”  A loaded statement that resounds, especially when entering the realm of auto/biography.

Equally fascinating to me is Gibson’s perspective of collaboration and the stage, his budgets and notations, and the thorough and exhausting account of re-writes.

Here’s a listing of Gibson’s history of play production.