Irene (text by Sarah Ruhl) by Ben Wexler published on 2018-10-31T14:08:09Z Text by Sarah Ruhl Music by Ben Wexler Dedicated to María Irene Fornés Dedication from Sarah Ruhl: "Maria Irene Fornes was my teacher. She was probably your teacher too. She died yesterday. She taught me how to dream more expansively on the page. I sat on her lap in a taxi cab in Mexico. She said of method acting, "Who always wants something from someone else? Only criminals. And Americans." She insisted on presence. This song was written by Ben Wexler with lyrics I wrote after visiting Irene in a nursing home. If God wanted more plays this week, does that explain taking Irene and Ntzocke the same week? Love you Irene. All my gratitude."