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ix Foreword Y ou have, ahead of you, a record of the life and accomplishments of one of the most important figures in American theatre in the 1960s and 1970s—a man whose audacity, combined with intelligence and courage, did much to bring maturity to an important arena of our culture, one largely beset by the destructive forces of commercialism but not yet engulfed by them. It is an exciting and educating journey, led by a man who understood that in the battle for the life of the serious arts in our country, caution and compromise are the twin handmaidens of disaster. I was privileged to accompany Richard Barr on much of this adventure, and I learned so much—about how the arts are run (often into the ground) in our society and how integrity, joined to talent, can often win in the face of terrible odds. Learn and enjoy! New York City, 2011 Edward Albee ...

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