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Barry Kraft has delivered the Declaration of Independence for Ashland’s 4th of July festivities on and off for decades. Barry has been an actor, dramaturg, and lecturer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 31 seasons. Numerous acting credits also include the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe at San Diego, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and ACT, among others. Barry has acted in 88 full productions of all Shakespeare's 38 plays (more than 100 roles). He has written Shakespeare Insult Generator and has recorded several books on tape for Blackstone Audio, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. His pastimes include playing the games of Chess and Go, astronomy, birdwatching, and omnivorous reading.