Purdue University Theater Department to Present “Fefu and Friends” by María Irene Fornés


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Theater Department at Purdue University will present “Fefu and Friends” by María Irene Fornés, directed by Raquel Lopez, lecturer at Purdue and artistic director and producer of the Lafayette Civic Theater. This production will be presented both in person and via digital recordings broadcast live from November 12 to 21 at the Nancy T. Hansen Theater in the Pao Hall of the Patti and Rusty School of Design, Art and Performance. Rueff.

As part of Protect Purdue protocols to keep the campus community safe, face masks are required inside any Purdue building, regardless of immunization status. Opening night is at 7:30 p.m. on November 12, followed by live performances and digital recordings at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 18, 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. on November 14 and 21. Digital recordings for “Fefu and His Friends” will have open captions.

Written in 1977, this early immersive drama is one of the best-known plays by María Irene Fornés, Cuban-American playwright and matriarch of Latinx playwriting and avant-garde theatrical traditions. In the 1930s, eight women gathered at their friend Fefu’s home to plan an educational fundraiser. While this is a seemingly straightforward plot, the play is anything but. As the audience moves around the stage space to engage in the scenes in a different order, Fornés stages the complex experiences of women in patriarchal culture.

The nature of this immersive piece invites the audience to take the stage and go backstage to the places of Pao Hall, guided by ushers. Customers with accessibility considerations should contact the Hall of Music Box Office at 765-494-3933. For specific questions about audience movement, contact Megan Sloan, Theater Marketing and Outreach Assistant, at 765-494-3084.

Stage design and lighting are by Denisse Chavez (Purdue MFA lighting design ’22); costume design by guest artist Allison Jones (Purdue MFA ’21 costume design); and sound design by Huhao Yang (Purdue MFA sound design ’23). Video and sound for the live broadcast is handled by the Hall of Music Productions, headed by Tom Harmeson.

Tickets can be purchased in line, by phone at 765-494-3933, or at the Loeb Playhouse Campus Box Office (Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and costs $ 19.50 (adults), $ 15.50 (adults 62 and above) and $ 12.50 (students).

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