Women’s voices, women’s lives

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — J.L.

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.

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