The Rest I Make Up Screening & Discussion


Monday, March 25, 2019, 4:00pm


Farkas Hall, Room 203, 12 Holyoke Street

Theater, Dance & Media presents The Rest I Make Up (79 minutes), a documentary on Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director María Irene Fornés, directed by Michelle Memran.


Following the screening will be a discussion with film director Michelle Memran, scholar Brian Herrera, playwright Migdalia Cruz, and director of TDM's Spring 2019 production of The Danube Morgan Green.


The visionary Cuban-American dramatist and educator Maria Irene Fornes spent her career constructing astonishing worlds onstage and teaching countless students how to connect with their imaginations. When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.

The duo travels from New York to Havana, Miami to Seattle, exploring the playwright's remembered past and their shared present. Theater luminaries such as Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornes’s important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.