book cover: Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Forne

Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes

Edited by Maria M. Delgado and Caridad Svich
(Smith & Kraus, 1999)

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A collection of reminiscences, homages, tributes, and work journals tracing the life and work of master playwright-director-teacher Maria Irene Fornes presented in a hypertext fashion. Represented are performers, designers, and producers who have collaborated directly with Fornes on her productions over the years, playwrights who have studied with Fornes and describe writing exercies and master classes, as well as critics and scholars who provide contextual narratives about Fornes' impact and influence on generations of American and world theatre. The volume concludes with a interview conducted with Fornes herself where she touches on not only the different aspects of her theatrical life but its movement and change over the last forty years.

“The writers make up a ‘Who's Who’ of theater, with contributions from Terrence McNally, Susan Sontag, Tony Kushner, and Caryl Churchill, to name only a few. Of special interest are the extensive chronology of Fornes's productions and a 28-page interview from 1997 between Fornes and editor Delgado (English and drama, Univ. of London).”

Susan L. Peters, Library Journal Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.