Fefu and Her Friends

Fefu and Her Friends, one of the most beloved and discussed plays of the late Cuban-American dramatist Maria Irene Fornes, tells the story of a group of intelligent, outgoing young women who have so internalized male views of their sex that they lash out indirectly in mysterious ways. A classic of both feminist and environmental theater, Fefu splits its audience into groups that move around to different locations in the theater. The women's fascinatingly enigmatic gathering at a New England country house in 1935 is seen through multiple perspectives and degrees of intimacy.



TFANA's production is the first Off-Broadway revival of Fefu and Her Friends since American Place Theatre's 1978 production.

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Tamarie Cooper Directs The Catastrophic Theatre's Season Opener, TRAGEDY, A TRAGEDY 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2019
The Dare Tactic Presents MODELS OF PERFECTION written and directed by Katie Pedro. Performances will take place September 20 at 7:30pm and September 21st at 2pm and 7:30pm, at WOW Cafe Theatre, tickets available at thedaretactic.org
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019
Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces The Fornés Festival, a series of staged play readings and academic engagement events celebrating the legacy of the prolific Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés (1930-2018), in the Philbin Studio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, October 2 through October 13.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2018
Tickets are now on sale for the WORLD PREMIERE production of SECOND SKIN by Kristin Idaszak and directed by Jess Hutchinson STARRING: Stephanie Shum, Hilary Williams and Paula Ramirez. WildClaw Theatre Company, bringing the world of horror to the stage for 10 years in Chicago, is proud to present this three-women-told tale of a secret surfacing from a place thought buried in the deep. Previews begin September 11th and the show opens September 14th at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018
Tickets are now on sale for the WORLD PREMIERE production of SECOND SKIN by Kristin Idaszak and directed by Jess Hutchinson STARRING: Stephanie Shum, Hilary Williams and Paula Ramirez. WildClaw Theatre Company, bringing the world of horror to the stage for 10 years in Chicago, is proud to present this three-women-told tale of a secret surfacing from a place thought buried in the deep. Previews begin September 11th and the show opens September 14th at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018
This fall, the University of Washington School of Drama will present two plays that shifted the American theatre, Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy, and Maria Irene Fornes' Fefu and Her Friends. The plays kick off a season dedicated to exploring how gender shapes our world.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017
Boundless Theatre Company will present a revival of Mar a Irene Forn s' MUD - the first time this seminal drama by the 9-time Obie winner has been seen in New York since 1999. The production will be directed by Elena Araoz. Previews begin tonight, October 5, at Teatro C rculo in the East Village with press opening slated for October 12.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018
Joh Hartog Productions Presents FEFU AND HER FRIENDS at The Bakehouse Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017
The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents What of the Night? by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Katie Pearl.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017
Boundless Theatre Company will present a revival of Mar a Irene Forn s' MUD - the first time this seminal drama by the 9-time Obie winner has been seen in New York since 1999. The production will be directed by Elena Araoz. Previews began October 5 at Teatro C rculo in the East Village with press opening slated for tonight, October 12.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018
Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton directs an all-female cast in Maria Irene Fornes' Fefu and Her Friends. Fornes, who passed away October 31st at the age of 88, was the winner of nine Obie Awards, including the award for sustained achievement. She has been called "the most important American playwright you've never heard of," and "influential beyond measure." This iconoclast, beloved teacher and mentor to some of contemporary theatre's most exciting writers, is the subject of the new documentary The Rest I Make Up. She is considered by many to be the mother of U.S. Latinx Theatre. This year marks a national celebration of her work, Celebrando Fornes/Celebrating Fornes.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2017
Wrong House Theatre presents their inaugural production as a brand new company: REALLY REALLY by Paul Downs Colaizzo, directed by Adam Martin.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is proud to present the return of The Loush Sisters a martini-loving, naughty-but-nice-comedic duo in their latest original show, The Loush Sisters get HARD for the Holidays (Yippie-Kai-Yay Mother-Loushers). The production is onstage from November 24 through December 17 at CPT's historic Gordon Square Theatre.
by Barry Lenny - Nov 24, 2018
This is an impressive and memorable evening in Fefu's house.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017
The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents What of the Night? by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Katie Pearl.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017
Wrong House Theatre presents their inaugural production as a brand new company: REALLY REALLY by Paul Downs Colaizzo, directed by Adam Martin.
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2017
This May, in celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th anniversary, UNESCO World Heritage List-nominated Hollyhock House presents a J.U.S.T. Toys Production in association with Circle X Theatre Co. of a very unique immersive event, FEFU AND HER FRIENDS, written by Maria Irene Fornes, with choreography by Zsofia Nemes, musical composition by Daniel Szabo and directed by Kate Jopson.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018
The Chicago smash hit The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician has been extended due to popular demand through June 17th at the Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N Halsted Street in Chicago. Lauded by the legendary magician Teller of Penn & Teller as "a cozy evening with your jovial doctor - who just happens to command some of the rarest and most beautiful illusions in the world," the production has also been touted by the Chicago Tribune as an "immensely likable, intelligent and very intimate show," and the Windy City Times proclaimed that it delivers "legendary illusions and vivacious visual display".
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018
The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of outgoing Executive Director Todd London, incoming Executive Director Lynn M. Thomas and incoming Associate Director Geoff Korf, is pleased to announce our 2018 -2019 season.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble has announced "Circa'69!" an 18-month retrospective beginning in June, 2019 that will celebrate its founding, 50 years ago, by artistic director Ron Sossi, who has remained steadily at the helm since the company's first production in 1969.
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017
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by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018
The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Season Finale concert on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature the Philharmonic's American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship recipient, German pianist Danae Dorken performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Opus 73, "Emperor."  In addition, the orchestra will perform Bernstein's Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations and close its 2017 - 2018 concert season with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Opus 100.  Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his pre-concert conversation at 6:30 PM in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music in the evening program.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019
The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2018-2019 season.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019
Not-for-profit History Matters/Back to the Future has announced its winner for this year's Judith Barlow Prize. The Annual Judith Barlow Prize is awarded to a student playwright for an exceptional one-act play inspired by the work of an historic female playwright. Annually, the first place student winner of the prize receives a $2,500 award and a reading of their work in New York City, with a $500 award to the participating professor. The second place student winner receives a $1,000 award. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2018
Touted by the Chicago Tribune as an "immensely likable, intelligent and very intimate show," Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz is back by popular demand with The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician. Performances begin Tuesday, March 27, with a press opening on Tuesday, April 3 at the Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N Halsted Street in Chicago for a limited engagement.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018
Touted by the Chicago Tribune as an "immensely likable, intelligent and very intimate show," Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz is back by popular demand with The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician. Performances begin Tuesday, March 27, with a press opening on Tuesday, April 3 at the Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N Halsted Street in Chicago for a limited engagement.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, announces the world premiere of The Firebirds Take the Field by Lynn Rosen and directed by Jessica Fisch. The Firebirds Take the Fieldruns April 15 - May 20, 2017, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.The Firebirds Take the Field is produced with support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theater and is the second production of RTE's 2017 Season 'Exploring the Mind/Body Connection.'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 20, 2018
Touted by the Chicago Tribune as an "immensely likable, intelligent and very intimate show," Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz is back by popular demand with The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician. Performances begin Tuesday, March 27, with a press opening on Tuesday, April 3 at the Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N Halsted Street in Chicago for a limited engagement.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017
This May, in celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th anniversary, UNESCO World Heritage List-nominated Hollyhock House presents a J.U.S.T. Toys Production in association withCircle X Theatre Co. of a very unique immersive event, FEFU AND HER FRIENDS, written by Maria Irene Fornes, with choreography by Zsofia Nemes, musical composition by Daniel Szabo and directed by Kate Jopson. FEFU AND HER FREIENDS is the first play EVER to be performed at the iconic house, which is located in the heart of Barnsdall Art Park, a vibrant, artistic and recreational destination. With just 20 guests admitted to each of the 12 performances, attendees will enjoy a truly intimate front row experience at the play, which previews on Thursday, May 4; with a press opening on Friday, May 5 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, May 28 (4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90027).
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
The University of Washington School of Drama, led by Interim Executive Director Lynn M. Thomas and Associate Director Geoff Korf, is pleased to announce its 2019 - 2020 season.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2019
"Life is theater. Theater is life." Odyssey Theatre Ensemblecontinues its "Circa '69!" season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey's 1969 inception with the signature work of early feminist giant of the avant-garde Maria Irene Fornes. Denise Blasordirects Fefu and Her Friends for an Aug. 3opening, with performances continuing through Sept. 29.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019
Theatre for a New Audience founding artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz, having just received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 OBIEs, today announces TFANA's 40th anniversary season. The 2019-2020 programming exemplifies what makes TFANA, in the words of the OBIE committee, one of the city's most vital institutions championing adventurous and urgent productions of Shakespeare alongside other writers.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018
Corkscrew Theater Festival presents Field, Awakening, written by Melis Aker and directed by Tatiana Pandiani. Running July 14-22, Field, Awakening is a political drama set in Turkey in 2016, where a group of high school friends reunites at a soccer field on the evening of an attempted military coup. As the night progresses, the friends unexpectedly find themselves at the center of international strife, and they begin to realize that the Turkey they called home may be rapidly disappearing. Performed by Kieron Anthony, Ayse Babahan, Jamar Brathwaite, Sinan Eczacibasi*, Fahim Hamid*, and Nazli Sarpkaya, Field, Awakening is the second production in the second annual season of Corkscrew Theater Festival, a new summer theater festival that provides early-career artists with a high level of production support.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017
Boundless Theatre Company will present a revival of Maria Irene Fornes' MUD - the first time this seminal drama by the 9-time Obie winner has been seen in New York since 1999. The production will be directed by Elena Araoz. Previews begin October 5 at Teatro Circulo in the East Village with press opening slated for October 12.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2018
Circle X Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of a site-specific theatrical event, HOLE IN THE SKY, written by Octavio Solis and directed by Kate Jopson (Fefu and Her Friends). Commissioned by Circle X Theatre Co., HOLE IN THE SKY will have a press opening on Friday, August 24 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, September 23 at Courtship Ranch, 11270 Dominica Ave. in Lake View Terrace.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017
PAJ Publications, one of TCG's partner publishers, has announced the publication of the new, expanded edition of Fefu and Her Friends by the influential playwright Maria Irene Fornes, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the play's premiere in 1977.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018
The Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to announce the line-up for its 2018 SOLO PERFORMANCE LAB, featuring four world premiere solo works presented in two free programs: February 17 and March 3, 2018 in the Greenhouse Theatre Center's Downstairs Mainstage, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, presents the Midwest premiere of I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart by Morgan Gould and directed by Jessica Fisch. I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart runs February 15 - March 23, 2019 at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.  The press opening is Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00pm.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018
 Award winning EMH Productions begins its seventh season of provocative and compelling theatre with the powerhouse drama by award winner Elise Marie Hodge.  An Iraqi war vet and the woman he inadvertently kidnaps become trapped, not only with each other, but their own personal demons as the worst snow storms in history isolate them in a cabin in the woods.  Sounds simple, right?  A series of blizzards are on the way, and the whole town is in preparation to lock down and sit it out in this one bar hamlet where a lonely woman and a strung out war vet have found solace. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2019
Details were announced today for the 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Awards will be handed out on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, beginning at 7:00pm EST. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017
Producer Q Theatricals announced today that after critically acclaimed and award winning productions in Seattle, New Jersey and Boston the new musical, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, will begin performances on Friday, April 14, 2017 and officially open on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). This strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, June 11th only.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2019
Life is theater. Theater is life.” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble continues its “Circa '69!” season of significant and adventurous plays that premiered around the time of the Odyssey's 1969 inception with the signature work of early feminist giant of the avant-garde María Irene Fornés. Denise Blasordirects Fefu and Her Friends for an Aug. 10 opening, with performances continuing through Sept. 29.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2018
Circle X Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of a site-specific theatrical event, HOLE IN THE SKY, written by Octavio Solis and directed by Kate Jopson (Fefu and Her Friends). Commissioned by Circle X Theatre Co., HOLE IN THE SKY will have a press opening on Friday, August 24 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, September 23 at Courtship Ranch, 11270 Dominica Ave. in Lake View Terrace.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018
Tickets are now on sale for the WORLD PREMIERE production of SECOND SKIN by Kristin Idaszak and directed by Jess Hutchinson STARRING: Stephanie Shum, Hilary Williams and Paula Ramirez. WildClaw Theatre Company, bringing the world of horror to the stage for 10 years in Chicago, is proud to present this three-women-told tale of a secret surfacing from a place thought buried in the deep. Previews begin September 11th and the show opens September 14th at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
by Shari Barrett - Aug 13, 2019
FEFU AND HER FRIENDS, a surreal dramedy by Maria Irene Fornés, known as an early feminist giant of the avant-garde, challenges modern audiences in that the play is plotless except for the fact eight women with very different agendas, personalities, and sexual orientations have gathered in the country home of their eccentric friend, Fefu, to plan an event for their do-gooding educational work. As multiple conflicts unfold between the old friends, they struggle to define who they are and what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated world.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2019/20 theatre season, including three new plays written by Notre Dame faculty and students, a Tony-nominated rock opera, as well as a festival of staged readings.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017
A love triangle for the ages meets a new adaptation for today in Lerner & Loewe's CAMELOT at Lyric Stage.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017
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by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2018
The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Season Finale concert on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature the Philharmonic's American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship recipient, German pianist Danae Dorken performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Opus 73, "Emperor."  In addition, the orchestra will perform Bernstein's Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations and close its 2017 - 2018 concert season with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Opus 100.  Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his pre-concert conversation at 6:30 PM in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music in the evening program.
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 18, 2017
Nearly a hundred years after Aline Barnsdall first envisioned an artist colony on Olive Hill in the middle of Hollywood, the public will have a rare opportunity to experience her dream come to life. Beginning May 6th, Hollyhock House, in partnership with Circle X Theatre Co. and J.U.S.T. Toys Productions, presents the Maria Irene Fornes play FEFU AND HER FRIENDS staged as an immersive theatrical event inside Hollyhock House. It is a first for this historical beauty and an exciting project that unites the past and present in more ways than one.