María Irene Fornés

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María Irene Fornés
María Irene Fornés (2012).jpg
Fornés c. November 2011
Born(1930-05-14)May 14, 1930
DiedOctober 30, 2018(2018-10-30) (aged 88)
New York City, United States
CitizenshipAmerican (1951)
OccupationPlaywright, Director, Teacher
OrganizationINTAR Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Laboratory INTAR (International Arts Relations, Inc.)
Notable work
Partner(s)Harriet Sohmers, Susan Sontag
Awards9 Obie Awards, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award

María Irene Fornés (May 14, 1930 – October 30, 2018) was a Cuban-American playwright and director. She was a leading figure of the off-off-Broadway movement in the 1960s.

In 1965, she won her first Obie Award for Promenade and The Successful Life of 3. She was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with her play And What of the Night? in 1990. Other notable works include Fefu and Her Friends, Mud, Sarita, and Letters from Cuba.

Fornés became known in both Hispanic-American and experimental theatre in New York, winning a total of nine Obie Awards.

Fornés died in New York City on October 30, 2018 from complications of dementia at the age of 88.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Weber, Bruce (October 31, 2018). "María Irene Fornés, Writer of Spare, Poetic Plays, Dies at 88". Archived from the original on 2018-10-31. Retrieved October 31, 2018.