Maria Irene Fornes

Maria Irene Fornes

by Scott T. Cummings


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ISBN-13: 9780415454353
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Series: Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists Series
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 703,781
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Scott T. Cummings is Chair of the Theatre Department of Boston College, where he directs plays and teaches courses in playwriting and dramatic literature. He is the author of Remaking American Theater: Charles Mee, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, as well as numerous performance reviews, journal articles, and essays on contemporary American theater and drama.

Table of Contents


Part I — The 1960s

"Let me be wrong. But also not know it."

1 Getting started

Bohemian roots: growing up in Havana

Bohemian roots: settling in Greenwich Village

Tango Palace (1963)

A metatheatrical conceit

2 Off-Off Broadway: The Good Scene

Cino, Judson, La MaMa, and others

The Open Theatre connection

The Successful Life of 3 (1965)

The Office (1966)

Dr. Kheal (1968)

A Vietnamese Wedding (1967)

The Red Burning Light (1968)

3 Key play: Promenade (the apotheosis of Judson)

The Judson Poets' Theatre

Promenade (as a one-act in 1965)

Promenade (as a full-length in 1969)

Molly's Dream (1973)

Part II — The 1970s

"If we're showing what life is, can be, we must do theatre."

4 Finding a way

New York Theatre Strategy

Aurora (1974)

INTAR and the Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Laboratory

Cap-a-Pie (1975)

Eyes on the Harem (1979)

5 Key play: Fefu and Her Friends (turning over the stone)

Fefu and Her Friends: The Basic Action

Fefu and Her Friends: The experimental second act

Fefu and Her Friends: at At the Foot of the Mountain

Fefu and Her Friends: at the Yale Repertory Theatre

Part III — The 1980s

"I have to learn how to lead my life."

6 Found

Theater for the New City

Padua Hills

Fondness for the Found

Evelyn Brown (A Diary) (1980)

A Visit (1981)

The Trial of Joan of Arc in a Matter of Faith (1986)

7 The PAJ Plays

The Danube (1983)

"Irene Time"

Mud (1983)

Sarita (1984)

The "emotigraph" as unit of construction

The Conduct of Life (1985)

The rhetoric of space/the space of rhetoric

8 Key play: Abingdon Square (conquering the vagueness)

Teaching playwriting

Lovers and Keepers (1986)

Abingdon Square: Genesis and production history

Abingdon Square: Marion as Fornes Innocent

Abingdon Square: the process of imagination

"The Poetry of Space in a Box"

Part IV — The 1990s

"Where are we in relation to all this?"

9 The Night Plays

What of the Night? (1989)

Oscar and Bertha (1992)

Enter the Night (1993)

Manual For a Desperate Crossing (Balseros/Rafters) (1997)

Terra Incognita (1997)

10 Coming to an end

The Summer at Gossensass (1998)

Fornes and Hedda Gabler

Letters From Cuba (2000)


Drowning as paradigm

"This must be made by a person."

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