Dedicated to María Irene Fornés
"María Irene Fornés was my teacher. She was probably your teacher too. She died yesterday. She taught me how to dream more expansively on the page. I sat on her lap in a taxi cab in Mexico. She said of method acting, 'Who always wants something from someone else ? Only criminals. And Americans.' She insisted on presence. This song was written by Ben Wexler with lyrics I wrote after visiting Irene in a nursing home. If God wanted more plays this week, does that explain taking Irene and Ntozoke the same week? Love you Irene. All my gratitude."
Music by Ben Wexler
Text by Sarah Ruhl
LETTERS FROM MAX: A book of friendship, co-authored by
Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo is now available for purchase.
UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS & EVENTS
Sunday, November 10 - Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati at 2:00pm
Monday, November 26 - Yale Bookstore in New Haven, CT at 6:00pm
Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, Obie Award winner April Matthis and Amy Warren (The Gabriel’s) join Todd Almond and Sarah Ruhl for a concert version of their musical MELANCHOLY PLAY at Joe's Pub on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 7pm.
Sarah's play Eurydice was listed as one of The 25 Best American Plays since 'Angels in America' by the NY Times.
Read Sarah's recent New York Times article: The Trump-Less Kennedy Center Honors
Sarah's poems “Summer, Rhode Island,” “Miscarriage,” and “I Wanted Music” have been published in Narrative Magazine.
For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday was presented at Playwright's Horizons, directed by Les Waters. Read / Listen to Sarah's interview about Peter Pan on NPR
Lincoln Center Theater premiered Sarah's latest new work, How To Transcend A Happy Marriage at the the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in May 2017.
Sarah is the recipient of this year’s Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.
Sarah's speech can be read here.