Winner of nine Obie Awards, Maria Irene Fornes has written over 40 plays, many of which she directed, and is regarded as one of the most significant writing teachers of our time. Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre devoted its entire 1999-2000 season to her work, and her epic What of the Night? was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, the incomparable Cuban-American playwright is often referred to as American theater’s “Mother Avant-Garde.”
But despite her remarkable contributions, most still do not know her name.
A headline on the cover of The Village Voice once read, “Irene Fornes is America’s Great Unknown Playwright”.
Photo by Kim Zumwalt
The Marathon day happens in four Programs.
Program 1: 12pm to 2:40pm
Dr. Kheal (David Greenspan); A Vietnamese Wedding (cast TBA); Tango Palace (Bill Camp, Orlando Pabotoy); Balseros (Carmelita Tropicana, Emilio Delgado)
Program 2: 3pm to 5:40pm
Songs from Molly’s Dream (Nicole Lewis) and The Successful Life of 3 (Erin Markey, Michael Cerveris); The Conduct of Life (Alfredo Narciso, Florencia Lozano, Annie Henk, Flora Diaz, Bobby Plasencia); Mud (Bill Camp, Orlando Pabotoy + TBA)
Program 3: 6pm to 8:40pm
Excerpted Fefu and Her Friends (Kathleen Chalfant, Sophia Skiles, Tracie Morris, Joan MacIntosh, Ellen McLaughlin, Carmelita Tropicana, Petronia Paley); Monologues from selected works; Drowning (cast TBA); The Danube (Beth Manspeizer, Christian Baskous, Timothy Doyle, Rocco Sisto)
Program 4: 9pm to 11:45pm
Excerpted What of the Night? (Vanessa Aspillaga, Flora Diaz, MaYaa Boateng, Sifiso Mabena, Heidi Schreck, David Greenspan, Michael Cerveris, Joan MacIntosh + cast TBA); Letters from Cuba (Carlo Albán, Emilio Delgado); Songs from Promenade (Tom Phelan, Erin Markey, Steve Ali, Elisabeth Siegel, Sophie Freedman, Sophie Laruelle, Chloé Worthington, Sam Balzac, Britt Berke)
Actors: Kathleen Chalfant, David Greenspan, Carlo Albán, Joan MacIntosh, MaYaa Boateng, Rocco Sisto, Tracie Morris, Flora Diaz, Michael Cerveris, Erin Markey, Bill Camp, Carmelita Tropicana, Ellen McLaughlin, Alfredo Narciso, Florencia Lozano, Randy Danson, Bobby Plasencia, Heidi Schreck, Vanessa Aspillaga, Sophia Skiles, Emilio Delgado, Deirdre O’Connell, Dawn Saito, Tom Phelan, Steve Ali, Elisabeth Siegel, Sophie Freedman, Sophie Laruelle, Annie Henk, Chloé Worthington, Sam Balzac, Britt Berke, Sifiso Mabena, Petronia Paley, Orlando Pabotoy, Nicole Lewis, Joel de la Fuente, Beth Manspeizer, Timothy Doyle, Christian Baskous, Karen Kandel, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Lisa Ramirez
Directors: JoAnne Akalaitis, Ruth Pongstaphone, Juliette Carrillo, Estelle Parsons, Jean Wagner, Katie Pearl, Ashley Tata, Elena Araoz, Sharon Fogarty, Cecilia Rubino, Alice Reagan, Debbie Saivetz
Musical Director: Nathan Koci
Organizing committee: JoAnne Akalaitis, Victoria Abrash, Sharon Fogarty, Jean Wagner, Gwendolyn Alker, Katie Pearl, Michelle Memran, Morgan Jenness