She has lived in the United States since 1945 with an intermission in Paris between 1954 and 1957. She started working painting scarfs and has also been a costume designer. She has an ambivalent relationship with success: "[It] makes me feel I am now on the border of mainstream -- not quite in it. To be mainstream frightens me. Then people put claims on you and expect things of you. I've always liked being on the border." It is there, out in the fringe, where she finds her freedom. She writes and directs "not because it is my career but because I have to do it."
Fornes, Maria Irene. 1965. The Office. Establishment Theatre Co. ... 1986. Plays. Performing Arts Journal. (Includes Mud, The Danube, Sarita, and The Conduct of Life.)
Lovers and Keepers (three one-act musicals), first produced at INTAR Hispanic American Theatre, 1986; published by Theatre Communications Group, 1987. Promenade and Other Plays (includes Tango Palace, The Successful Life of 3: A Skit for Vaudeville, Promenade, A Vietnamese Wedding, Dr. Kheal, The Red Burning Light: or Mission XQ3, and Molly's Dream), published by Winter House, 1971, reprinted by Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1987. Fefu and Her Friends, first produced at New York Theatre Strategy,1977, then American Place Theater, 1978; published in Wordplays 1, Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1981.