Maria Irene Fornes is one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, Fornes is often referred to as American theater's "Mother Avant-Garde." When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.
The duo travels from New York to Havana, Miami to Seattle, exploring the playwright's remembered past and their shared present. Theater luminaries such as Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornes's important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.
WINNER! Audience Award, Best Documentary Frameline42 Film Festival
In celebration of the works of Fornes and the documentary on her life (appearing at MoMA Aug 23-29), a 12-hour Maria Irene Fornes Marathon will be held at The Public Theater on August 27. Spearheaded by acclaimed director JoAnne Akalaitis, the Marathon pays tribute to the plays of Fornes with staged readings directed and performed by some of NYC's most notable theater luminaries.
This event is free. Ticketed audience entry times will be scheduled throughout the day. For more information visit therestimakeup.com/marathon
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