Barbara Field, age 87, died of complications from a stroke on Feb 21. Barbara was a Dayton Hudson Visiting Teacher/Artist in Theater at Carleton several times between 2001 and 2010. The connection began when the Carleton Theater Department put on two of her plays, including an adaptation of “The House of Seven Gables,” commissioned by retired professor Ruth Weiner. Because Barbara loved the students, and they loved her, she returned to teach playwriting.
Barbara brought the same smart, generous, and humorous irreverence to her work elsewhere. Her adaptations of stories, including “A Christmas Carol,” were central to the development of the Guthrie Theater. She also co-founded the Playwrights’ Center, which has nurtured generations of writers.
A more complete obituary can be found in the StarTribune. A memorial service will be held at a later date.