Looking Forward to Fefu!

Ralph Connor House

We are excited to be jumping in to preparations for our long awaited spring production of Fefu and Her Friends on location at the historic Ralph Connor House (University Women’s Club beautiful heritage building at 54 West Gate)!

Fefu and Her Friends is a play written by Cuban American playwright Maria Irene Fornes. Set in 1935, the play is best known for its strong female characters, the unique use of an all-female cast, central ideas that explore gender roles and for its alternative forms of staging. Fefu and Her Friends challenges our perceptions about life and the theatre through these bold women and their relationships with each other and the world around them.

Although the characters and setting are naturalistic the situations are heightened and explore the need to identify how one is being oppressed in order to fight back. Fornes captures the struggle of women against female stereotypes. Fefu and Her Friends was first produced at the Relativity Media Lab (part of the New York Theatre Strategy) on May 5, 1977, and was directed by Fornes herself. It was performed to a wider audience at the Off-Broadway venue, the American Place Theatre, on January 8, 1978. It was Fornes’ fifteenth play. When it was produced, she was an established playwright and director. Nevertheless, it was one of Fornes’ most successful plays. Fornes won an Off-Broadway award, and Obie, for Fefu and Her Friends. The play’s themes of gender roles, sexuality, love between women, and insanity remain relevant today.   Ralph Connor House - Inside

Fefu and her Friends will have the audience break into groups and travel to different rooms in the venue; audiences will see the story unfold in a different sequence but all will experience its compelling and strong message. This is surely going to be a one of a kind theatrical experience you won’t want to miss!

Fefu and Her Friends will run from May 22nd – June 1st, 2014.

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If you are an actor and would like to audition for this upcoming production, please express interest by submitting your headshot and resume to Samantha at associate@sarasvati.ca. Auditions will be held on November 15th, 2013. Complete audition information can be found here.