About the film
Maria Irene Fornes is one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in New York City, Fornes is often referred to as American theater’s “Mother Avant-Garde.” When she stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker (and Detroit native) Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. Metro Detroit premiere.