MUD » Events at Crystal Lake, IL Theater

Written by Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons
Developed at The Actors Studio
May 6 @ 3:00 & 7:00p
Tickets start at $20*


Set in an impoverished home inhabited by people with little to no reading acumen or social etiquette, Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud explores the cascading events that are set into motion when a third character is introduced thereby creating a perilous love triangle. Each of the three endearing characters is filled with a longing desire and hope while the mercurial world around them offers sparse compassion. Starring, Beth Manspeizer, Marc Solomon, and Jerry Zellers and recently directed by Estelle Parsons at New York’s acclaimed Actors Studio, this captivating and unforgiving world is a sight to see and hard to turn away from.


MUD, developed at The Actors Studio by Studio Members, is provocative play by the Cuban-born playwright Maria Irene Fornes that deals with such themes as illiteracy, poverty, and hunger.

Centered around three characters, we see their codependency and their lives so intricately entwined, as they all strive to make the best of their situations. A heart warming tragedy revolving around three endearing characters.

 About the Playwright: Maria Irene Fornes


“Fornés is one of the most well-known playwrights in both Hispanic-American and experimental theatre, winning a total of nine Obie Awards. An amazing achievement.  We produced her extensively at Signature Theater and I’m thrilled to be able to bring the team from the Actors Studio to present this piece which explores not only the power of a strong female character but also the immense power of poverty.  It’s a remarkable piece of work and if you love theater, you won’t want to miss this incredibly unique experience.”

Richard Kuranda, Executive Director, Raue Center for the Arts
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