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What of the Night?


By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Vishnupad Barve
Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
The Curtain Theater
This production is a cycle of four linked short plays by Maria Irene Fornes, one of our greatest and most influential playwrights. She presents a thrillingly dangerous dystopian vision that spans 60 years, tracking an extended family of desperate characters whose lives are intertwined as they try to eke out a precarious living in the city's violent underground. This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play is Fornes’ incisive exploration of the human hunger for survival by any means.
This event is part of Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés, a year-long effort to raise awareness of Fornés’ legacy and her impact on American theater.

Related events:

a film by Michelle Memran

December 3rd at 4:00pm

The screening of the documentary, chronicling the life and legacy of María Irene Fornés. It will be followed by a Q+A session with the filmmaker, Michelle Memran and Migdalia Cruz. There will be a reception in the PURPLE LOBBY following the event where both artists will be in attendance. More information about the film and Michelle:

What of the Night? Post-show Discussion
December 8th at 4:00pm, following the matinee performance

Join us for an informal post-show discussion about the play facilitated by Afrikah Smith, Tatiana Rodriguez, Priscilla Page, and Shaila Schmidt.