Understanding Maria Irene Fornes’ Theatre


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  • Title: Understanding Maria Irene Fornes’ Theatre
  • Author(s): Mala Renganathan
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Keywords: Maria Irene Fornes’, Criticism and Interpretation, Feminist Drama, Theatre, Women in Theatre, Dramatic Production
  • Year: 2010
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-749-4
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-750-0
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-86335-750-0/CGP
  • Citation: Renganathan, Mala. 2010. Understanding Maria Irene Fornes’ Theatre. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-750-0/CGP.
  • Extent: 112 pages


Understanding Maria Irene Fornes’ Theatre is a full-length critical study of Maria Irene Fornes’ plays and her dramaturgy. Maria Irene Fornes, a well-known New York – based Cuban-American dramaturge, is a versatile artist blending in her productions her talent and experience as a playwright, director, drama teacher, painter and costume designer. Despite her colossal contribution to theatre – with nine Off Broadway awards given by the Village Voice, several other prestigious award, forty plays performed worldwide and also several directorial ventures - she occupies a marginalized place in American theatre. This book on Fornes primarily aims to discuss several rarely researched aspects of Fornes’ theatre. While the book initially started as a research monograph, it has now grown into a book based on the author’s extensive research on Fornes’ theatre, gathering evidences from video-recorded plays, viewed performances, and interviews with her theatre group.