The Fornés Festival: "The Conduct of Life"


Location: Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

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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 KresnyThe 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 Conduct of Life
by María Irene Fornés
Friday, October 4 and Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 pm

Orlando, a sadistic army lieutenant, lives with his older wife, Leticia, and their servant, Olimpia, in a private home in an unidentified Latin American country. Winner of the 1985 Obie Award for Best New American play, The Conduct of Life investigates the brutality of a dictatorship and its oppression of women.

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