Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents
The Fornés 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 Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés 2019-2020 initiative, a year-long event that seeks to raise awareness of Fornés’s impact on theatre and preserve the legacy of her work. Curated by FTT professor Anne García-Romero, a former student of Fornés, The Fornés Festival (October 2-13) will present staged readings of four of Fornés’ most notable works: Fefu and her Friends (1977), directed by Stacy Stoltz; Mud (1983), directed by Carys Kresny; The Conduct of Life (1986), directed by Anton Juan; and The Summer in Gossensass (1997), directed by Mary Beth Fisher. The festival will also include a screening of a documentary portrait of Fornés, The Rest I Make Up, in the Browning Cinema.
The Summer in Gossensass
by María Irene Fornés
Sunday, October 6 at 2:30 pm & Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
In London in 1891, Elizabeth Robins, a celebrated American actress, and her friend, Marion Lea, a well-known British actress, clamor at the possibility of performing in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Based on a true story, Summer in Gossensass offers meditations on Ibsen’s classic play, the craft of acting, and a life in the theatre.