The Rest I Make Up
Directed by MICHELLE MEMRAN
María Irene Fornés has been called “America’s Great Unknown Playwright.” She’s written more than 40 plays, won nine OBIE awards, been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and mentored thousands of playwrights across the globe. Theater luminaries like Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, and Edward Albee have credited Irene as an inspiration and influence. When she stopped writing in 1999 due to dementia, a friendship with a young female writer reignites her creative spirit. The camera becomes a catalyst, capturing Irene’s ability to teach, to inspire, and to turn the scraps of everyday life into moments worthy of wonder and delight. Memran’s film captures Irene’s memories – of creative triumphs, groundbreaking friendship, female love affairs long and short – weaving together present and past while moving mentor and student towards an ever-deepening connection in the face of forgetting. A warm, lively portrait of a virtuosic theater artist is the result.
***Scheduled to attend: Michelle Memran (director)***