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In Richard Barr: The Playwright’s Producer, author David A. Crespy investigates the career of one of the theatre’s most vivid luminaries, from his work on the film and radio productions of Orson Welles to his triumphant—and final—production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Explored in detail along the way are the producer’s relationship with playwright Edward Albee, whose major plays such as A Zoo Story and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Barr was the first to produce, and his innovative productions of controversial works by playwrights like Samuel Beckett, Terrence McNally, and Sam Shepard. Crespy draws on Barr’s own writings on the theatre, his personal papers, and more than sixty interviews with theatre professionals to offer insight into a man whose legacy to producers and playwrights resounds in the theatre world. Also included in the volume are a foreword and an afterword by Edward Albee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and one of Barr’s closest associates. 





Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Foreword by Edward Albee
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction. “You Have to Hock Your House: The Story of a Producer”
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. Privilege with a Price: Washington, Princeton, and Early Theatre Efforts
  2. pp. 4-11
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  1. 2. Playing with Martians: Stage and Screen with Orson Welles
  2. pp. 12-38
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  1. 3. A Theatrical Warrior: Lieutenant Richard Barr
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. 4. Learning the Director’s Craft: Stock, Broadway, and City Center
  2. pp. 49-65
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  1. 5. Broadway Beginnings Ethel Waters, Ruth Draper, and Theatrical Collage
  2. pp. 66-77
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  1. 6. The Zoo Story: Discovering Edward Albee
  2. pp. 78-94
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  1. 7. Producers at Work: On Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway
  2. pp. 95-138
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  1. Gallery of Illustrations
  2. pp. G1 -G14
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  1. 8. Experimenting with Edward: Malcolm to All Over
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. 9. Hocking the House: Seascape to Sweeney Todd
  2. pp. 165-194
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  1. 10. Brightening Broadway’s Lights: Barr’s Legacy to the American Theatre
  2. pp. 195-221
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  1. Afterword by Edward Albee
  2. pp. 225-225
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-259
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 261-267
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-279
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  1. Author Biography
  2. pp. 279-279
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  1. Theater in the Americas Series
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  1. Other Books in the Theater in the Americas Series
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809331413
Related ISBN
9780809331406
MARC Record
OCLC
835981087
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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