Latin/x in Theatre celebrates María Irene Fornés; presents "Manual for a Desperate Crossing"

The School of Theatre and Dance's Latin/x in Theatre student organization will present a staged reading of María Irene Fornés' "Manual for a Desperate Crossing" as part Celebrando Fornés, an initiative honoring the work of the noted late Cuban American playwright. The reading will take place on Sat., Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

An initiative of the Latinx Theatre Commons, Celebrando Fornes is a year-long event that seeks to increase the visibility of Fornés's work and lead to greater awareness and support for the Fornés Institute which preserves and archives the legacy of Maria Irene Fornés as a theatre artist and teacher, through workshops, convenings, and advocacy, and with future plans for a permanent retreat/gathering space/library.  

Kent State University's participation in Celebrando Fornés was announced at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Fornés Institute Symposium at Princeton University. Kent State joins dozens of colleges and theatres in the celebration.

Set in 1994 when tens of thousands of Cubans attempted to flee Cuba, "Manual for a Desperate Crossing" is an Avant Garde play about a fictional crossing from Cuba to Key West by unnamed Balseros. This timely piece is crafted from interviews with survivors and explores the danger, desperation, and hope in the Balseros' decision to cross.

Dr. Yuko Kurahashi, Kent State theatre faculty member, will speak about Fornés and her legacy at the reading, along with a post-performance discussion with Dr. Charmaine Crawford of the Department of Pan-African Studies, Latinx in Theatre faculty advisor Professor Fabio Polanco, and members of the cast.

Admission to the reading is free and no tickets are required.

Run time: 45 minutes.


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POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 10:16am
UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 11:58pm