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Fornés Fest

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is proud to present an evening of scenes by María Irene Fornés, representing a selection of work from her multi-decade career.

The scenes are directed by and feature students, alumni, and faculty. Following the performances, the audience is invited to join a panel discussion and Q&A. Moderated by Fornés expert and playwright Caridad Svich, the panel will feature the scene directors along with Gwendolyn Alker (Fornés Scholar & Dramaturg), Lorca Peress (Faculty & MultiStages Artistic Director), Estrela Maria Straus (alumnus), playwrights Nelson Diaz-Marcano and Desi Moreno-Penson.

The panel will focus on Fornés’ work through the scope of Method Acting, how her legacy informs the state of Latinx Theatre, and our upcoming NYU Advanced Professional Training production, What of the Night. The scenes presented are as follows:

What of the Night

Directed by Leah Reddy

Featuring: Sherifa Abudulai, Geo Kester

Fefu and Her Friends

Directed by Lorca Peress

Featuring: Bobbi Johnson, Estrela Maria Straus, Chantal Van Zyl

Letters from Cuba

Directed by Rebecca Aparicio

Featuring: Aryan Bhatia, Fernando Bruno, Jay Mehta, Henardo Rodriguez, Rachell Vallori


Directed by Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado

Featuring: Rickard Claeson, Shalini Corea, Arnold De La Cruz, Joana Meurkens, Stefano Rivano, Juan Teisaire

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