Robert Brustein was dean of the Yale School of Drama for several years; he founded and directed the Yale Repertory Theatre. He later founded the American Repertory Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and remained its artistic director until 2000. He's the drama critic for The New Republic, and his several honors include two George Jean Nathan Awards, for his dramatic criticism, and The Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. His many books include The Theatre of Revolt and Dumbocracy in America.

An excerpt from the interview

SC: In your review of Bergman's plays, you write that there is a market for good theater. I think you were talking about the crowd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. That's very interesting - very optimistic. How much of a market is there?

RB: A lot! I mean, we have it here - we see it here every day. They flock to our productions, no matter how controversial or difficult they are, and there's a very alert and lively audience in this area, and we don't have enough days in the year to provide theater for them, or enough productions to satisfy them. There's an insatiable appetite here, and I think if it's here, it's elsewhere.