What of the Night?
|by María Irene Fornés
directed by Carlos Murillo
a co-production with Cor Theatre
January 8 – February 12, 2017
Previews: 1/10 & 1/11 @7:30pm, 1/8 @3pm
The celebrated Cuban-American writer María Irene Fornés’s play, What of the Night?, is about sex, power, institutional failure, human frailty, betrayal, dreams and madness. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, it follows an extended family whose lives are intertwined even as they try to escape the ties that bind them. When the just-married 14-year-old Birdie leaves her impoverished home to seek a better life, she unwittingly sets in motion a sprawling epic told in intimate vignettes that spans across time and geography. Rainbow finds love. Charlie finds solace in loyalty. Ray finds the trappings of success. Though their yearnings are briefly rewarded, the lyrical story lays bare the difference between the hunger of the soul and the hunger of the ego.
Ray: Nelson Rodriguez
Stage Manager: Zoe Benditt
“Right now, “What of the Night?” is being produced in Chicago in an expansive and ambitious production by Stage Left Theatre and Cor Theatre under the direction of the playwright Carlos Murillo, an artist unafraid of risk. This is a heavy night of theater…and the running time is a hefty three hours of intimate involvement with dense work unconcerned with conventional narrative tension…But this is a rare chance to see a difficult but quite profound tetralogy that has been rarely produced since its premiere, a Pulitzer Prize nomination notwithstanding.” Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“A sordid family saga… Striking.” Tony Adler, Chicago Reader
“Murillo’s innate understanding and thorough direction created a scaffold to support these actors, elevating their performances and ensuring continual narrative momentum.” Bec Willett, Performink
“Don’t miss out on seeing this rarely-produced but pivotal piece…★★★½” Mark Davidson, Chicago Theater Beat
“Outstanding production design” Hector F. Pascual, Picture This Post
“I believe that WHAT OF THE NIGHT? is the type of theater that is so important because it does require commitment. Not only a commitment of emotion, intellect, and time, but even more a commitment to grow as a society of people and as a community of theater-makers. I encourage you to make that commitment.” Bec Willett, Performink