Richard Barr Biography (1917-1989)



Born Richard Baer, September 6, 1917, in Washington, DC; died of liver failure resulting from the HIV virus associated with AIDS, January 9, 1989, in NewYork, NY; son of David Alphonse (a builder) and Ruth Nanette (Israel) Baer.

Rather than stage out-of-town tryouts for their 1962 production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Richard Barr and his partner, Clinton Wilder, electedto preview the drama on Broadway. The success of these advance showings helped establish the practice of New York previews and, according to Barr's New York Times obituary, he and Wilder "were credited with changing the way Broadway plays were produced."

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
September 6, 1917
Washington
Death Details
January 9, 1989
New York, New York, United States

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