Maria Irene Fornes


María Irene Fornés was a Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director, who was a leading figure of the off-off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Theater luminaries such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), Lanford Wilson (Talley's Folly), Sam Shepard (Buried Child), and Edward Albee (A Delicate Balance) credit Fornés as an inspiration and influence. "Her work has no precedents; it isn't derived from anything," Lanford Wilson once said of her, "she's the most original of us all." Paula Vogel contends: "In the work of every American playwright at the end of the 20th century, there are only two stages: before she has read Maria Irene Fornes and after." Tony Kushner concludes: "Every time I listen to Fornes, or read or see one of her plays, I feel this: she breathes, has always breathed, a finer, purer, sharper air."ía_Irene_Fornés
May 14, 1930 – October 30, 2018