Maria Irene Fornes was born in Havana, Cuba in 1930 and moved to Manhattan in 1945. Two decades later, her first play, “Tango Palace,” premiered in at the Actors Workshop in San Francisco.
In the nearly half century since then, Forne was written 40 plays.
To mark her 80th birthday on May 14th, Intar Theater is combining with New York University to present a festival of Fornes plays at a number of Off-Broadway theaters, including INTAR, New World Stages, Cherry Lane, and Theater for the New City.

Running from March 25th to April 5th, The 2010 New York Fornés Festival will present her landmark play “Fefu and Her Friends” as well as more rarely revived works (Dr. Kheal, Tango Palace, The Successful Life of 3, The Summer in Gossensass, and What of the Night?), as well as a screening of the film, “The Rest I Make Up”: Documenting Irene.

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SCHEDULED (subject to change):

Thursday, March 25th
Dr. Kheal & Tango Palace
Directed by Gisela Cardenas
At Cherry Lane Theatre (28 Commerce Street)

Monday, March 29th
Fefu and Her Friends
Directed by Billy Hopkins
At Theatre for a New City (155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets)

Tuesday, March 30th
Summer in Gossensass
Directed by Alice Reagan
At Theater for a New City

Thursday, April 1st
A Devised Piece of Theatre based on recent conversations with Irene Fornés
By P.J. Paparelli

Followed by a roundtable discussion with
Mac Wellman (playwright), Caridad Svich (playwright), Dawn Williams (original Director’s Assistant,
Summer in Gossensass) and others, TBA
At The Goldberg Theatre (721 Broadway, 7th Floor)

Friday, April 2nd
Successful Life of 3
Directed by Zisan Ugurlu
At The Goldberg Theatre

Saturday, April 3rd
“The Rest I Make Up”: Documenting Irene
A film by Michelle Memran
At The Goldberg Theatre

Reception to follow in the Reise Lounge (721 Broadway, Ground Floor), sponsored by PAJ Publications
Reception will include a welcome and comments by Bonnie Marranca,
publisher of the plays of Maria Irene Fornés

Monday, April 5th
What of the Night?
Directed by Kay Matschullat, Jacquelyn Landgraf and Mayra Ferrer
At Cherry Lane Theatre

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