‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Scribes On The Challenge Of The Writer’s Life & Their Firsthand Encounters With Lee Israel

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Jeff Whitty would write the first four drafts of Can You Ever Forgive Me?, summoning a screenplay from a memoir, he wasn’t anticipating the assignment. A Tony Award winner known at that point for Avenue Q—a raunchy and witty puppet musical, which has had a long run, on and off Broadway—the aptly named Whitty was initially approached by producer Bob Balaban, to write up the hilarious and poignant true story of American author (and accomplished literary forger) Lee…