The Return of the Artistic Company / by David Hwang

The Oskar Eustis Troupe | The artistic director of the Public Theater creates productions that are the result of ongoing workshops that can continue for years. On its set for ‘‘Hamlet,’’ designed by David Zinn, in downtown New York are, clockwise from left: actor Oscar Isaac, composer Jeanine Tesori, actor Elizabeth Marvel, playwright David Henry Hwang, writer and director Alex Timbers, director Lear deBessonet, actor John Leguizamo, Eustis, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and playwright, composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. Photographed on Sept. 1, 2017.CreditPhotograph by Jason Schmidt. Location: The Public Theater’s Anspacher Theater on the “Hamlet” set designed by David Zinn.

The Oskar Eustis Troupe | The artistic director of the Public Theater creates productions that are the result of ongoing workshops that can continue for years. On its set for ‘‘Hamlet,’’ designed by David Zinn, in downtown New York are, clockwise from left: actor Oscar Isaac, composer Jeanine Tesori, actor Elizabeth Marvel, playwright David Henry Hwang, writer and director Alex Timbers, director Lear deBessonet, actor John Leguizamo, Eustis, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and playwright, composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. Photographed on Sept. 1, 2017.CreditPhotograph by Jason Schmidt. Location: The Public Theater’s Anspacher Theater on the “Hamlet” set designed by David Zinn.

The troupe — a roving band of actors, musicians and directors who produce a variety of plays and entertainment — is centuries old. So why has this generation of stage, television and cinematic impresarios found new resonance in this old form of communalism?

 

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