Wynn Handman, co-founder of American Place Theatre, the Off Broadway non-profit company that championed a young playwright named Sam Shepard and cast such actors as Dustin Hoffman, Rául Juliá, Faye Dunaway, John Leguizamo and Robert De Niro early in their careers, died of complications from the coronavirus Saturday, April 11, at his home in New York. He was 97.
His death was announced by daughter Laura Handman.
Handman co-founded APT in 1963 with Michael Tolan and Sidney Lanier, and the theater would quickly become a vital player on the New York theater scene. In 1964, the theater staged its first