Commercial Success

Classical productions are the bread-and-butter of any theater company. These popular plays provided 7 Stages the financial security to stage more experimental and politically adventurous productions. In their first year of operation, Allen and Hamilton staged William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as The Tooth of Crime by Sam Shepard, who had won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama earlier that year. Within their first decade, roughly half of the theater's performances came from well-known playwrights like Bertolt Brecht, Jean Racine, Samuel Beckett, and of course, Shakespeare. The financial security afforded by these productions created space for more boundary-pushing plays and forums for community discussion.