The Infinite Variety of Shakespeare’s Women with Ellen Barry
March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
In Shakespeare’s plays, women are far outnumbered by men, yet they are among his most compelling characters. Veteran actress Ellen Barry takes her audience on a memorable journey as she performs and discusses a wide range of the Bard’s female characters, from ingénues to leading ladies to character women and finally crones. Along the way, she shares memories of her own experiences as the woebegone Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the saint-like Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, and the comic schemer Maria in Twelfth Night, among others. There will be a brief Q & A period followed by refreshments upstairs in the F. M. Kirby Gallery to coincide with the reception for photographer Jim Delgiudice’s , “A Small Thing But My Own.”
About the Artist: Ellen Barry has played more than 100 classic and contemporary roles in New York and at regional theatres across the country – among them, Syracuse Stage, Boarshead Theatre (Michigan), New Century (Mass.), McCarter (NJ), WorkShop and Century Center (Off Broadway). In addition to Shakespeare’s Juliet, Kate Percy, Hermione and Constance, she has won acclaim for her performances as Tennessee Williams’ Blanche, Stella, Laura and Hannah; Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and both Lorraine and Meg in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind. For Ella in Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, she received an Off-Off Broadway Award, and for Vivian Bearing in Wit, she received a Michigan Best Leading Actress award from the Detroit Free Press. Ellen and her late husband, Paul Barry, founded the NJ Shakespeare Festival (now Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). During their 27-year tenures as Producing and Artistic Directors, respectively, all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays were offered, as well as works by a variety of other others from Sophocles to Shepard.