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Barbara Field, playwright and co-founder of Playwrights’ Center, dead at 87 – Twin Cities

2021-02-23 13:24:19 –

Barbara Field, one of the founders of the Twin Cities-based playwright center, died on February 21, just days before her 88th birthday, due to complications from heart disease.

According to the Playwright Center, the prolific playwright Field’s plays have been performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. She was a playwright at the Guthrie Theater from 1974 to 1981. Her work in Guthrie includes translations (Gogol’s “Marriage” and Bulgakov’s “Mush de Moliere”) and novel adaptations (Duma’s “Camille” and “Dickens’ Great Expectations” at the Seattle Children’s Theater. Commissioned by, later played in Guthrie, and traveled the country on an eight-month tour.)

Most recently, Guthrie staged a revival of her play “Playing With Fire,” in response to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” in the 2018-19 season.

Some of Field’s work, which has been seen by spectators for generations, was a adaptation of Dickens’ “Christmas carols” to Guthrie. She adapted the story to the stage in 1975 and made another adaptation in 1996. It lasted until 10 years ago.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Field moved to Atlantic City, where he spent most of his childhood. Jeremy Cohen, Producing Artistic Director of the Playwright Center, said: She lived in St. Louis Park for many years before her death.

Barbara Field, one of the co-founders of the Playwright Center. (Provided by Playwright Center)

According to Cohen, the field was a pioneer in the theater and was a strong female presence in the field, which is generally dominated by men. In 1971, she became a home for writers and playwrights to come together and share their work with fellow students at the University of Minnesota, including Greg Almukisto, Eric Blogger, Tomdan, Garhildenbrand, and John Jackaway. Established Playwright Center.

“As the only female founder, she strongly supported the Playwright Center to find new and diverse playwright voices and welcome them to the community,” the center’s statement said.

The field adopted “Box Car Children” and Philip Pullman’s “I was a rat!”. For the Seattle Children’s Urgent. Her “Dream of the Golden Land” adaptation was made at the Kennedy Center and a national tour. Her adaptation of “Scaramouche” took place at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington. Her original work included “Neutral Country,” which was first produced at the Actor’s Theater at the Humana Festival in Louisville in 1983, and was named Best American Play. The “Growth Story” of Indiana Parliamentarians. “Quality Time” of Pennsylvania Stage Company. “Boundary waters” by California South Coast personnel (winner of the 1992 Drama-Logue Award). “Off the Ice” at the St. Louis Repertory Theater.

She also wrote the original opera script “Rosina” (co-starring with composer Hiram Titus) commissioned by Minnesota Opera.

Field was a lifelong core writer and former director of the Playwright Center.

“We have all benefited from her vision and a firm commitment to the art of storytelling,” Cohen said. “During my tenure here, Barbara’s warmth, laughter, and nurturing spirit overflowed during her days at the center. She came back to support a new writer. Insisted on creating room for the diverse voices of her. Her philosophy and guidance are reflected in the beliefs of the Playwright Center to date. “

The Field family has announced the Barbara Field Memorial Fund to support the development of new and diverse playwright voices in collaboration with the Playwright Center. There is no information about the service at this time, but it will be posted on the Playwright Center website as it becomes available. pwcenter.org.. You will also be asked to leave stories and memories about the field and give gifts to the Memorial Fund on the website.

The field is survived by her children, Mia and Jim. And three grandchildren, Aaron, Ethan and Henry.

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