Women’s voices, women’s lives
In 1982, Jane Martin won the American Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play for Talking
With …, a series of monologues about women’s lives. Since then, she has had one success after another, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1994 for
Keely and Du. A new work by Martin, Wild Talk, has its first full production at the Greer Garson Theater, at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, continuing Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., with a final show on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. Wild
Talk, directed by Jon Jory, is slated to be published by Samuel French after the run at SFUAD, and that publication will be used to generate final revisions to the script by Martin — whoever Martin is. Her name is a pseudonym for an anonymous playwright who has long been rumored in the theater world to be Jory himself. Jory, the former artistic director at the Actors Theater of Louisville, has produced the premieres of all of Martin’s plays. “I’ve been asked if I’m Jane Martin for 35 years,” he told Pasatiempo, “and I don’t answer that question. What I will say is that she could be one person, or she could be three people, or she could be a trained muskrat.” Wild Talk follows a similar structure to Talking With …, with 10 monologues by women in extraordinary circumstances. There’s a woman whose life’s work is to create peace on Earth with the world’s largest marching band, a woman who has been abducted and imprisoned for six years, and a woman who — in the privacy of her own home — dons a full football uniform to better understand men. Tickets — $15 general admission and $5 for students and seniors — can be reserved at www.ticketssantafe.org or by calling 505-988-1234. SFUAD is at 1600 St. Michael’s Drive.