Lovers and Keepers

Name: INTAR Theatre
Address: 420 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Production Information
First performance date: April 17, 1986
Opening date: April 17, 1986
Closing date: April 17, 1986
Production Description
A suite of three short musical plays with Hispanic characters that recalls the traditional Spanish form of the zarzuela. The project teamed Fornes as lyricist with a trio of Latin American composers: Francisco Rodriguez, Fernando Rivas, and the famous percussionist and band-leader Tito Puente, the “King of Latin Jazz.” Rivas also arranged the music, which mixed Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms with tangos and ballads and even a catchy tune about chicken soup. …Each of the three plays offers a sympathetic portrait of love and marriage. In a program note for the Pittsburgh production, Fornes described the characters in Lovers and Keepers as “the non-heroes in our society: the ordinary (Fred and Fina), the unfortunate (Tato), the humble and giving (Elena, Clara), the aged with a gift for life (Nick and Toña).”
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
INTAR Producer
Tito Puente Music
Fernando Rivas Music
Francisco Rodriguez Music
María Irene Fornés Book & Lyrics
María Irene Fornés Director
Ricardo Morin Set Designer
Anne Militello Lighting Designer
Marybeth Ward Production Stage Manager
Fernando Rivas Music Direction
Fernando Rivas Arranger

Actor Role
Jesse Corti Fred
Sheila Dabney Clara/Tona
Jossie de Guzman Fina/Elena
Jose Fong Tato
Tomás Millan Nick