Santagata Lecture: An Evening with a Theater Great, Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis, “a giant in the American theater,” spoke at Bowdoin Tuesday night, giving the annual Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture. The campus lecture series brings in bold speakers with fresh ideas.

Eustis has been the artistic director of The Public Theater in New York City since 2005. The theater is “an incubator for some of the brightest and most innovative theatrical talent in the country, in the world,” said Bowdoin theater professor Davis Robinson. “Mr. Eustis has used this influential position to democratize American theater, and push the envelop of what topics are appropriate for modern audiences.”

Here are two examples of recent successes at the theater: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton debuted there in 2015, and in 2013, the theater presented Fun Home, a musical about a lesbian cartoonist grappling with the suicide of her gay father.

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