Virgilio Piñera’s Absurd Celebration – Last Performances: Carrying Water in a Sieve, by UM Department of Theater Arts


Carrying Water in a Sieve, an evening of two one-act plays:
You Always Forget Something and False Alarm by UM Department of Theatre Arts
Sept. 14 – 22, 2012.

September 14-22: Carrying Water in a Sieve: an evening of two one acts: You Always Forget Something and False Alarm. UM Jerry Herman Ring Theatre (Miami). Director – Henry Fonte
Translation by Kate Eaton

Produced by the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts and Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, these two delightful one-act comedies highlight Piñera’s playful sense of humor. The first, You Always Forget Something, is a fanciful comedy about four eccentric women who try to make order out of a capricious society, but by doing so they create chaos, disorder, and mayhem. The other, False Alarm, hilariously portrays the predicament of a man charged with murder who struggles to save his crumbling sanity in the face of a demented widow and an irrational judge. Both short plays exemplify Piñera’s unique writing style and his wonderfully absurd sense of humor.

All performances are at UM’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.
To buy tickets, or for more information, call the box office at 305-284-3355 or purchase online at

About Virgilio Piñera

Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979) is one of Latin America’s most important playwrights. He is credited for having brought modernism to Latin American theatre and for having written the first theatre of the absurd play. He lived in Argentina for 12 years, where he befriended writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Witold Gombrowicz, and collaborated with the literary magazines Sur (Buenos Aires) and Orígenes (La Habana).

He died in Cuba, ostracized for his misunderstood creativity, his homosexuality, and his unprejudiced and irreverent personality. As the consummate artist and rebel, Virgilio has become a symbol for the quest of artistic freedom and renovation of styles in literature, the visual arts, and mass media.


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