03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Inside Jeremy Piven's Offstage Drama With 'Speed-the-Plow'

The actor, Jeremy Piven, stunned the theater world in December by bolting the revival of David Mamet's Hollywood drama "Speed-the-Plow," citing health concerns caused by mercury poisoning. Mr. Piven became the butt of late-night television jokes and was widely ridiculed as a hard-partying Hollywood dilettante who was not up to eight performances a week.

While the broad outlines of the battle have been known, the blow-by-blow account of the meltdown of "Speed-the-Plow" is laid out in the arbitrator's previously confidential ruling, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. The arbitrator, George Nicolau, ruled in the actor's favor in late August.

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