In Richard Barr: The Playwright’s Producer, writer David A. Crespy investigates the profession of 1 of the theatre’s so much bright luminaries, from his paintings at the movie 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 intimately alongside the way in which are the producer’s courting with playwright Edward Albee, whose significant performs corresponding to A Zoo Story and Who’s scared of Virginia Woolf Barr used to be the 1st to supply, and his leading edge productions of debatable works via playwrights like Samuel Beckett, Terrence McNally, and Sam Shepard. Crespy attracts on Barr’s personal writings at the theatre, his own papers, and greater than sixty interviews with theatre pros to supply perception right into a guy whose legacy to manufacturers and playwrights resounds within the theatre global. additionally integrated within the quantity are a foreword and an afterword via Edward Albee, a three-time Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and one among Barr’s closest associates.
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