Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15, 2018
April 12 + 13 at 8:00 PM
April 14 + 15 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM
Maclean House, Princeton University campus
FREE tickets; reservations recommended

by María Irene Fornés

Fefu and Her Friends, funny, mysterious, and provocative, explores the relationships of a group of women who gather at Fefu’s country house to plan an event for their do-gooding educational work. Set in pre-feminist America, the eccentric Fefu, the haunted Julia, and these old college friends and former lovers struggle to figure out who they are and what it means to be a woman in a male dominated world. Experience this unique site-specific production in which the audience journeys through the house and hearts of these remarkable women. Featuring seniors Alex Vogelsang and Lydia Watt alternating in the lead roles, directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg.

Tickets are free but reservations are recommended. Reserve tickets online here through Eventbrite. A small number of tickets will be held at the door and available prior to the start of each performance. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis at each performance. Seating will begin 15 minutes before each performance, and there will be no late seating. Please note that restroom facilities will only be available before the performance. No food or drink or any kind is permitted inside of Maclean House.

Patrons with disabilities in need of wheelchair seating or any other accommodations are strongly encouraged to contact the Lewis Center at least two days in advance of attending. For accommodations, please email Steve Runk,


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Photo of María Irene Fornés by James M. Kent

María Irene Fornés (born May 14, 1930, Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-born American dramatist. Her family moved to the United States in 1945, and she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. Fornés became a painter before beginning to write plays in the early 1960s. She wrote more than 40 stage works spanning 1961 to 2000, including the well-known Fefu and Her Friends (1977), and directed her own works as well as classic drama. Over the course of her long career, Fornes’ plays premiered at Judson Poets’ Theater and INTAR, among other off-off-Broadway theaters, and she had ongoing relationships with Theatre for the New City and Padua Hills Playwrights Festival in California. Her innovative dramas made her one of the most successful and frequently produced of Off-Broadway playwrights. In 1973 she founded the New York Theatre Strategy, which was devoted to the production of stylistically innovative theatrical works. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy and Institute of Letters and Arts Award in Literature, a Playwrights U.S.A. Award,  and nine OBIE Awards. Fornés lives in Manhattan and is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Maclean House is located off of Nassau Street, near Nassau Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

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