One of our best American playwrights, María Irene Fornés is featured in new documentary

María Irene Fornés , is probably the greatest living Cuban-American playwright you’ve never heard of. A pillar of the 160’s NYC Off-Off Broadway avant garde, the 87-year-old is a nine-time Obie award winner, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and beloved teacher to some of contemporary theater’s most exciting voices, including Migdalia Cruz , Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz . A lion of a woman, beloved and respected by her peers including greats Albee , John Guare and Miller , all of her plays, which she has also directed, have one thing in common: they’re able to truly capture the impulse and ecstasy of the human condition. Whether it’s looking at the daily life of a South American general and his banal brutality in The Conduct of Life or spending a day with ladies who lunch as they plan a charity event that ends in in Fefu and Her , her work has always pushed theater forward. A play by Fornés grabs audiences by the jugular and doesn’t let go for days. Even though her work is influential beyond measure, a defining style, her plays aren’t as well known in the cannon. Fornés […]

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