The Infinite Variety of Shakespeare’s Women
February 8, 2019
Written by Ellen Barry
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.
Running time: approximately one hour, plus question and answer period. This one night only performance will benefit Southern Rep Theatre.
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?, Nat in Rabbit Hole, Maude in Bakersfield Mist, Katherine in A Perfect Ganesh, 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 from the Detroit Free Press. Her one-woman show, Lizzie Borden at Eight O’Clock, has played at venues in NY, NJ, Mass., and Rhode Island.
Ellen and her late husband, Paul Barry, founded the NJ Shakespeare Festival (now Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). During their 27-year tenure as Producing and Artistic Directors, respectively, all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays were offered (many of them more than once), as well as works by an impressive variety of other authors from Sophocles to Shepard.