Here is Brustein on the current direction the ART is taking:
I happen to have the annoying quality of being very faithful to an idea. I still believe that a company of resident actors working together on new plays and new interpretations of classics is an exciting way to go in theater, and one that grows the audience and grows the company. But it’s not the only way to go and it’s not the way the A.R.T. is going now. Maybe someday we’ll come back to it. But right now it’s very hard to find that repertory ideal being exercised in too many places in the United States. It’s just too expensive. But it’ll come back. If you don’t like something in this country, just wait. It’ll change.
Brustein's play Mortal Terror about Shakespeare and the Gundpowder Plot, is having a reading on Sunday at the American Repertory Theatre.
The Shakespeare/Guy Fawkes combination seems to be very hot right now. Father Bill Cain's play Equivocation opened at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is playing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.