Paul Barry, founder of Shakespeare theater in NJ, dies at 83

Sorry to say, I missed Paul Barry’s obit in the Star Ledger earlier this week. It wasn’t in the NYTimes nor the Asbury Park Press, papers that have written  features and reviews about his theater in the past.

It’s a shame his passing wasn’t noticed more since he co-founded the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, now the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, in 1963 in Cape May and directed all 38 of Shakespeare’s play, many at its current home on the Drew University campus in Madison.

According to the festival at the time of Barry’s departure as artistic director in 1990, he was the first American director to stage the full canon. Not a lot of directors now or during the last 400 years can say they did the same.

His vision and that of co-founder Phil Dorian has lasted a long time and insures there’s a place in New Jersey we, and our children, can be guaranteed each year to see plays by Shakespeare without leaving the state.

Read the complete obit here.