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This list of plays by María Irene Fornés was compiled by Scott T. Cummings.

Sarita by María Irene Fornés, produced by INTAR, directed by Fornés in 1984.
Mark (Tom Kirk) and Julio (Michael Carmine) fight over Sarita (Sheila Dabney) as Fela (Carmen Rosario), Fernando (Rodolfo Diaz), and Yeye (Blanca Camacho) witness.
Photo: Carol Halebian

This list of plays by María Irene Fornés was compiled by Scott T. Cummings. It includes full-length plays, one-acts, and shorter works as well as plays by others translated and/or adapted for production by Fornés. Plays are listed first in chronological order by first production and then again in alphabetical order. Please send corrections or comments to cumminsc@bc.edu.


1961

La viuda (The Widow)


1963 

Tango Palace (originally titled There! You Died)


1965

The Successful Life of Three: A Skit for Vaudeville

Promenade (music by Al Carmines)


1966

The Office


1967

A Vietnamese Wedding

The Annunciation


1968

Dr. Kheal

The Red Burning Light; or, Mission XQ3

Molly’s Dream (music by Cosmos Savage)

Green Pants


1972

The Curse of the Langston House

Baboon!!! (with others)


1974

Aurora (music by John Fitzgibbon)


1975

Cap-a-Pie (music by Jose Raul Bernardo)


1976

Washing

Lines of Vision (lyrics only, book by Richard Foreman, music by George Quincy)


1977

Fefu and Her Friends

Lolita in the Garden (music by Richard Weinstock)


1978

In Service


1979

Eyes on the Harem


1980

Evelyn Brown (A Diary)

Blood Wedding (translation/adaptation of Garcia Lorca)


1981

Life is a Dream (translation/adaptation of Calderon)

A Visit (music by George Quincy)


1982

The Danube


1983

Mud


1984

Sarita

No Time (early version of The Conduct of Life)


1985

The Conduct of Life

Drowning (adapted from Chekhov short story as part of the Acting Company’s Orchards)

Cold Air (translation/adaptation of play by Virgilio Piñera)


1986

The Trial of Joan of Arc at Rouen In a Matter of Faith

Lovers and Keepers (music by Tito Puente and Fernando Rivas, comprised of Fred and Fina, Tato; Elena, and Clara; and Toña and Nick)

The Mothers (early version of Nadine in What of the Night?)

Art (presented as part of “Box Plays” along with seven pieces by playwrights from Fornés’s INTAR workshop)


1987

Hedda Gabler (adaptation of Henrik Ibsen)

Oscar and Bertha

Abingdon Square

Uncle Vanya (adaptation of Anton Chekhov)


1988

Hunger


1989

What of the Night? (previously titled Give Us This Day and then And What of the Night?, comprised of four short plays: Nadine (previously titled Charlie); Springtime; Lust; and Hunger)


1992

Terra Incognita (music by Robert Sierra)


1993

Enter the Night


1995

Ibsen and the Actress (early version of The Summer in Gossensass)


1996

Balseros/Rafters (libretto for opera by Robert Ashley, previously titled Manual for a desperate crossing)


1997

The Summer in Gossensass


1998

The Audition


2000

Letters from Cuba


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In alphabetical order


Abingdon Square (1987)


The Annunciation (1967)


Art (presented as part of “Box Plays” along with seven pieces by playwrights from Fornés’s INTAR workshop) (1986)


The Audition (1998)


Aurora (music by John Fitzgibbon) (1974)


Baboon!!! (with others) (1972)


Balseros/Rafters (libretto for opera by Robert Ashley, previously titled Manual for a desperate


Blood Wedding (translation/adaptation of Garcia Lorca) (1980)


Cap-a-Pie (music by Jose Raul Bernardo) (1975)


Cold Air  (translation/adaptation of play by Virgilio Piñera) (1985)


The Conduct of Life (1985)


The Curse of the Langston House (1972)


The Danube (1982)


Dr. Kheal (1968)


Drowning (adapted from Chekhov short story as part of the 


Acting Company’s Orchards) (1985)


Enter the Night (1993)


Evelyn Brown (A Diary) (1980)


Eyes on the Harem (1979)


Fefu and Her Friends (1977)


Green Pants (1968)


Hedda Gabler (adaptation of Henrik Ibsen) (1987)


Hunger (1988)


Ibsen and the Actress (early version of The Summer in Gossensass) (1995)


In Service (1978)


Letters from Cuba (2000)


Life is a Dream (translation/adaptation of Calderon) (1981)


Lines of Vision (lyrics only, book by Richard Foreman, music by George Quincy) (1976)


Lolita in the Garden (music by Richard Weinstock) (1977)


Lovers and Keepers (music by Tito Puente and Fernando Rivas, comprised of Fred and Fina, Tato; Elena, and Clara; and Toña and Nick) (1986)


Molly’s Dream (music by Cosmos Savage) (1968)


The Mothers (early version of Nadine in What of the Night?) (1986)


Mud (1983)


No Time (early version of The Conduct of Life) (1984)


The Office (1966)


Oscar and Bertha (1987)


Promenade (music by Al Carmines) (1965)


The Red Burning Light; or, Mission XQ3 (1968)


Sarita (1984)


The Successful Life of Three: A Skit for Vaudeville (1965)


The Summer in Gossensass (1997)


Tango Palace (originally titled There! You Died) (1963)


Terra Incognita (music by Robert Sierra) (1992)


The Trial of Joan of Arc at Rouen In a Matter of Faith (1986)


Uncle Vanya (adaptation of Anton Chekhov) (1987)


A Vietnamese Wedding (1967)


A Visit (music by George Quincy) (1981)


La viuda (The Widow) (1961)


Washing (1976)


What of the Night? (previously titled Give Us This Day and then And What of the Night?, comprised of four short plays: Nadine (previously titled Charlie); Springtime; Lust; and Hunger) (1989)