The Theater of Maria Irene Fornes

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Along with Fornes’ own engaging commentary on playwriting and the creative process, this anthology includes critical essays on her work with the Judson Poets Theatre and The Open Theater in the 1960s, her shift to greater psychological and formal complexity in the late 1970s, the lyrical politics of her theater from the 1980s and the metatheatricality of her plays from the 1990s. Throughout the anthology, textual analysis is balanced with production criticism.

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Overview

Along with Fornes’ own engaging commentary on playwriting and the creative process, this anthology includes critical essays on her work with the Judson Poets Theatre and The Open Theater in the 1960s, her shift to greater psychological and formal complexity in the late 1970s, the lyrical politics of her theater from the 1980s and the metatheatricality of her plays from the 1990s. Throughout the anthology, textual analysis is balanced with production criticism.

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Seven original essays, reprinted criticism, Fornes' own writing, and interviews with her focus on the Cuban-born American playwright whose work has been seeping out of small theaters to the attention of scholars. Among the topics are the economy of tenderness, scenography, reviews of selected performances, and creative danger. A chronology of productions and awards is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555540722
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Marc Robinson is the editor of the anthology Altogether Elsewhere: Writers on Exile.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I The Plays
The Elements of Style 25
Cue the Giant Maraschino 39
A Preface to the Plays of Maria Irene Fornes 43
The Economy of Tenderness 47
Still Playing Games: Ideology and Performance in the Theater of Maria Irene Fornes 61
Water under the Bridge: From Tango Palace to Mud 76
Fefu and Her Friends: The View from the Stone 85
The Summer in Gossensass: Fornes and Criticism 109
Some Thoughts about Maria Irene Fornes 130
II Fornes in Performance
On the Successful Life of 3 and Other Early Plays 137
"To Be Quiet on the Stage": Fornes as Director 140
"The Realm of the Unanswered": Actors on Fornes 156
"The Poetry of Space in a Box": Scenography in the Work of Maria Irene Fornes 174
Selected Performance Reviews
The Promenade 186
"You Take a Yes & a No" The Red Burning Light and Other Plays 188
The Tragic Mustache Aurora 193
The Fear of the Ottomans Eyes on the Harem 195
Let Us Now Praise Famous Women Evelyn Brown 197
Fornescations A Visit 199
Enter the night 201
III Fornes on Fornes
A Preface to Tango Place and The Successful Life of 3 207
Order 209
I Write These Messages That Come 213
Notes on Fefu 221
From an Interview with Allen Frame 224
Creative Danger 230
From an Interview with Scott Cummings 234
From "Ages of the Avant-Garde" 242
Chronology 245
Notes 249
Selected Bibliography 263
Contributors 267
Index 271
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