In advance of performances of Promenade this summer, New York City Center has partnered with Metrograph bar-cinema in the Lower East Side for two screenings of The Rest I Make Up, Michelle Memran's documentary film on María Irene Fornés.
In the film, which screened last fall at MoMa, Memran follows Fornés over the course of several years, giving voice to Fornés' poetic sensibility, which, though dampened by memory loss, was not destroyed. The late playwright narrates the story of her own life with the help of friends including Edward Albee and Ellen Stewart, journeys to Havana to visit family, and looks back on her prolific career.
Promenade, a musical written by the late Fornés and Al Carmines, is part of City Center's Encores! Off-Center season along with Working: A Musical and Road Show. Promenade will run July 10–11.
Fornés was the winner of nine Obie Awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her play What of the Night? The Cuban-American playwright wrote over 40 plays and is considered one of the pioneers of the Off-Off Broadway experimental theatre movement. She left her mark on some of the most formidable playwrights in American history, including Paula Vogel ("If it hadn't been for Fornes' The Danube, there'd be no Baltimore Waltz," Vogel says), John Guare, and Albee.