Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953) is said to have been particularly taken with a puppet production of his The Emperor Jones in Los Angeles staged by Ralph Chessé, head of the FTP’s Marionette Unit. He was so impressed with the production, as well as with the scope of the FTP’s nationwide program, that he released his plays to the project at a royalty rate of fifty dollars per week. As a result, 14 of his plays, totaling 658 performances, were performed in 27 cities and towns. Ah, Wilderness! was his most popular FTP play, with productions staged in nine cities, which toured to twenty urban and rural locations.