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We are bringing a free documentary screening to Northsiders in collaboration with City of Asylum. 

All donations are doubled via the ioby One Northside Crowdfunding Challenge!

Maria Irene Fornes is one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many only know her as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage and taught countless students how to connect with their imaginations.

When she gradually stopped writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignited her spontaneous creative spirit and triggered a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. This film documents the evolution of that relationship. In the film, theater luminaries such as Paula Vogel, Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornes’s important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.

The director writes, "[This is] a story about the power of friendship and creativity, and what it means to remain an artist through all the vicissitudes of one’s life...but I am also making this film because it confronts a prevailing attitude about aging and Alzheimer’s disease that I feel passionate about challenging...There’s a pervasive view that people lose their value as they lose their short-term memories, which confines multitudes of elders to a life of invisibility and isolation while they are still capable of meaningful relationship. The Rest I Make Up counters that assumption by inviting us to live for a while with an irrepressibly vital and generative playwright who­­—even in the face of eroding memory, even as she no longer formally writes and teaches­­—is experiencing a remarkably creative period of her life."

The film has received an explosion of interest this summer, from write-ups in the New York Times and New Yorker to a sold-out run at the MoMA and corresponding Fornes marathon at NYC's Public Theater (for press, please visit Pittsburgh production company RealTime Interventions is thrilled to bring the film and its maker to Pittsburgh, making our city one of the first outside of New York to experience this extraordinary new work.

A panel discussion and Q&A will follow this film.

Featured Panelists: Michelle Memran, the documentary filmmaker; Katie Pearl, a co-producer; Michael Cerveris, star of Broadway, TV, & film; Moderator: Molly Rice, playwright & co-Artistic Director of RealTime Interventions; and others.

Ticket info:  The event is FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP at

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Your tax-deductible donation will allow us to bring this incredible film and its maker to Pittsburgh, where we will be showing it at no cost to attendees who have little access to affordable arts and cultural programming. 

We've specifically reached out to Cuban and Latinx communities, as well as elderly and academic communities inviting them to come experience this terrific piece of work for themselves.

With your financial support, we will continue our efforts to engage diverse communities and expand our outreach to those for whom the subject matter is relevant, especially to those who live in the underserved Northside, where City of Asylum is located. We're thrilled to be able to offer this free event in their neighborhood. 

And finally, your help will allow us to support the event's management, ensuring that the screening and panel run smoothly. We are in the process of finalizing panel members, arranging travel for the filmmaker and co-producer and organizing the details of the event; your support will help us focus our attention on making this cultural experience an unforgettable one for all who attend!

why we're doing it

There are many reasons we're excited to bring this film to Pittsburgh:

  • Location. We feel that affordable arts are vital to the growth of a city's cultural voice, as well as to a neighborhood's health. The Northside, where City of Asylum is located, is a part of Pittsburgh that's underserved in terms of affordable arts and cultural programming, and we're thrilled to be able to offer this free event in the neighborhood. 

  • Fornes and her work. Although this Cuban-American writer won 9 Obies, was one of the most influential teachers of the past several decades, and is universally known among playwrights and theater scholars, many people don't know her name. We believe the variety and quality of her body of work and the precision of her craft, as well as her unusually creative and inspiring persona, should be known to all. This film makes these lovingly clear. 

  • Creative inspiration. As one new student of playwriting commented after seeing the film, "This should be required viewing for all new writers." The film shows how a life of creativity can sustain one, even through the darkness of dementia. 

  • The film. The film has received an explosion of interest this summer, from write-ups in the New York Times and New Yorker to a sold-out run at the MoMA and corresponding Fornes marathon at NYC's Public Theater (for press, please visit RealTime Interventions is proud to bring this superb film to our city, making Pittsburgh one of the first communities outside of New York to experience this extraordinary new work. 



Disbursed budget (10.17.18):

RAISED = $2,610.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $75.00
Original budget:
Free Event at City of Asylum, including screening and panel (documentarian, producer, co-Artistic Director of RealTime Interventions (moderator), Broadway/ TV/ film actor Michael Cerveris & others): $500
Documentarian/ Producer fee: $1400
Travel (documentarian and producer): $600

Project Subtotal =  $2,500
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $75
Total to raise on ioby = $2,610



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