Monday, June 09, 2008

Oskar Eustis

Linking mostly just to say that perhaps the two most memorable theatrical productions I've seen were his Music Man and his Angels in America (in Providence, not LA).

At the Eureka Theater Company in San Francisco in the 1980s he commissioned Tony Kushner to write “Angels in America,” which he later directed as associate artistic director at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Having established a reputation for dedication to new work that drew comparisons to Papp, dramaturgical strengths that outshone his directing abilities and his brash leftist politics, he was hired in 1994 by Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, R.I. Mr. Eustis turned Trinity from a money loser into a healthy regional theater known both for new works and traditional musicals like Mr. Eustis’s own production of “The Music Man.”