“The way I view life is very connected to the way I grew up in Cuba. It’s a certain quality—like a tender pity for things.”
- María Irene Fornés in an interview with Lucia Mauro, Performink
That tenderness—always present within the fierce curiosity of Fornés’ plays and her legendary work as teacher and mentor—is returning to her in a time of need. Afflicted with Alzheimer’s for the past several years, she was sent by her guardian to a nursing home away from her community of support in New York City. This petition for her return includes moving comments that testify to her profound impact as a seminal Cuban-American artist and teacher.
I had the pleasure of traveling to Cuba in 2008 with the L.A. based Composer Sage Lewis. Through his studies, travels and artistic collaborations, Sage has become an expert on Cuba and now leads trips for professionals wishing to know more about the cultural life of this fascinating country. We are fortunate that Sage has offered to lead a delegation to Cuba for TCG Member Theatre and Affiliate staff, as well as current grantees, from March 15-22, 2013. For information, including payment schedule, contact Kevin Bitterman before the final registration deadline of February 8. Please note that you may travel to Cuba legally provided you are a theatre professional who will spend the majority of your journey researching theatre and that you will disseminate your findings afterwards. Because the itinerary is focused on theatre, theatre professionals should have no trouble satisfying this requirement.
Another reminder: today Monday, January 28, is the deadline for filling out the Conference Planning Form for the 2013 National Conference: Learn Do Teach. This Form replaces our traditional breakout session RFP, so I strongly encourage you to share what you want to Learn, Do and Teach in Dallas so that we may match need to knowledge in order to make this our most impactful Conference yet.
I also want to call your attention to several grant opportunities for which we recently opened our application processes: Global Connections, the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships and the MetLife/TCG A-ha!: Think It, Do It program. From fostering international collaborations to strengthening the bonds between actors and communities, we hope these grants will empower your work and growth as theatre-makers.