Film, Television, and Theatre

The Fornés Festival

October 2 - 13, 2019
Fefu and Her Friends The Fornes Festival
A series of staged play readings and academic engagement events celebrating the legacy of the prolific Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés (1930-2018), in conjunction with the national Celebrating Fornés initiative.

Fefu and Her Friends (Oct. 2 and Oct. 13)—Eight women meet in the New England home of Fefu to rehearse for an educational fundraiser. The play morphs into an environmentally staged look into the intimate lives and relationships of these women. Winner of the 1977 Obie Award for Playwriting, Fefu and Her Friends explores complex feminism in the early 20th century.

Mud (Oct. 3 and Oct. 11)—Mae lives with Lloyd in considerable rural poverty but Mae attends classes and is committed to learning to read. Winner of the 1984 Obie Award for Playwriting, Mud delves into one woman’s desire for education against all odds.

The Conduct of Life (Oct. 4 and Oct. 10)—Orlando, a sadistic army lieutenant, lives with his older wife, Leticia, and their servant, Olimpia, in a private home in an unidentified Latin American country. Winner of the 1985 Obie Award for Best New American play, The Conduct of Life investigates the brutality of a dictatorship and its oppression of women.

The Summer in Gossensass (Oct. 6 and Oct. 9)—In London in 1891, Elizabeth Robins, a celebrated American actress, and her friend, Marion Leah, a well-known British actress, clamor at the possibility of performing in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Based on a true story, The Summer in Gossensass offers meditations on Ibsen’s classic play, the craft of acting, and a life in the theater.

Event includes mature or adult content.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:30 PM GET TICKETS

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:30 PM GET TICKETS

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:30 PM GET TICKETS

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:30 PM GET TICKETS

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:30 PM GET TICKETS

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 2:30 PM GET TICKETS

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