Small U.S. Theaters Presenting Large, Multiple-Installment Epics

At the Public Theater in New York. Mike Daisey is doing 29 different monologues on consecutive nights. The Utah Shakespeare Festival is in the midst of a multi-year project to perform all ten of the history plays in chronological order. WNYC’s tiny Greene Space is hosting star-studded readings of all ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. How and why are these little companies doing such big projects?