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Guide to Maria Irene Fornés Papers MSS.413

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Source: Marranca, Bonnie
Creator: INTAR (Theatrical company : New York, N.Y.)
Creator: Fornes, Maria Irene
Title: Maria Irene Fornés Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1909-2005
Dates [bulk]: bulk
Abstract: Maria Irene Fornés (b. 1930) is a Cuban-American avant-garde dramatist, director, and teacher of playwriting. Her work, most particularly associated with both the Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway movements of the 1960s and New York City's "downtown scene" of the 1980s, has had a major influence on several generations of American playwrights. Winner of 9 Obies, as well as numerous additional awards and honors, Fornés wrote over 50 works for the stage between 1961 and 2001. Her best-known pieces are Fefu and Her Friends (1977),  The Danube (1982),  Mud (1983), and  Promenade (1965), a musical play. The papers document more than half of Fornés’ entire  oevre, in original and annotated playscripts, libretti, and adapted works dating from 1961 through 2001; they also document Fornés’ writing process through notes, scenarios, character sketches, and other writings. The remainder of the papers consists of business and professional documents, personal correspondence, family papers, and subject files. The entire collection spans 1909 through 2005, but most of its materials date from the 1980s and 1990s.
Quantity: 18.5 Linear Feet in 38 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder, and 14 computer files.
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Call Phrase: MSS.413