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Theatre Studies Students Kick-Off Fornes Production with Screening

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BA Theatre Studies Students Sam Duke and Erin Burns at the Montclair Women's Club.
BA Theatre Studies Students Sam Duke and Erin Burns at the Montclair Women's Club.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will host a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary The Rest I Make Up about innovative Playwright Maria Irene Fornes directed by Michelle Memran on March 3rd, 2019 in the Life Hall Studio Theatre (1200) at 1:00 pm.

The screening will kick-off The BA Theatre Studies’ production of Fefu and her Friends by Fornes to be performed at the Montclair Women’s Club from April 28th and 30th.  The production of Fefu is part of a new course called Site-Specific Performance taught by Dr. Jessica Brater. BFA Acting students, taught by Debbie Saivetz,  will also begin working on scenes by Fornes, one of the most influential voices in the Off-Broadway movement in American Theatre. Fornes was also teacher to such prominent playwrights such as Migdalia Cruz, Caridad Svich and Nilo Cruz.

Fornes, a Cuban-American playwright and director who pioneered new forms of theatrical storytelling that put complicated female characters at its center, is the subject of Memran’s sprawling documentary, The Rest I Make Up. The documentary received a screening at the Public Theater in New York City as part of the Fornes Marathon in celebration of the artist’s life at the time of her passing.

Michelle Memran, director of The Rest I Make Up, will also be present at the screening on March 3rd to participate in a talkback with audience.

Fornes Marathon

The Rest I Make Up poster
The Rest I Make Up, a documentary film about Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Michelle Memran.