May 19, 2023
Jun 4, 2023

Evelyn Brown (A Diary)

Conceived and originally directed by María Irene Fornés
Directed by Alice Reagan

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Evelyn Brown (A Diary), conceived and originally directed by María Irene Fornés is an intimate meditation on women’s domestic labor for two performers. The only play Fornés took entirely from a found object, Evelyn Brown tells the story of a household servant who lived and labored in rural New Hampshire in the early 1900s. Using the short entries as inspiration, Fornés shaped the diary into a piece of dance-theatre that explores the physical cost of women’s domestic labor and the surprising possibilities for mental and spiritual escape.

Dramaturg Gwendolyn Alker has spent the last three years recovering the long-lost script; this production, directed by Alice Reagan, will be the first revival since Fornés directed its premiere in 1980 and will feature Fornés’s long-time scenic and costume designers, Donald Eastman and Gabriel Berry. Ellen Lauren (SITI Company, Suzuki Company of Toga, Juilliard School) and Violeta Picayo (Bedlam Theatre Company, One Year Lease, SITI Company, SuperGeographics) will bring the words of Fornés and Evelyn Brown to life in a production that honors the original production, and seeks to reinsert this work back into the Fornés canon.

Photo by Sylvia Plachy

Conceived and originally directed by María Irene Fornés
Directed by Alice Reagan
Cast: Ellen Lauren and Violeta Picayo
Dramaturgy by Gwendolyn Alker
Scenic designer: Donald Eastman
Costume designer: Gabriel Berry
Lighting designer: Christina Watanabe
Sound designer: Jordan Rose Bernstein
Producer: Shannon Sindelar

Evelyn Brown (A Diary) is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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