While there is some confusion as to whether Jane Martin is a pseudonym for a male playwright, these plays speak to women's frustrations with male-dominated society. They are darkly humorous and biting. All but one tells the story of sometimes bizarre women in hard circumstances striving to overcome and survive. The most striking of all the plays is Keely and Du, which involves a young woman who was raped by her ex-husband. On her way to obtain an abortion, Keely is kidnapped by a group of anti-abortion Christians. She is handcuffed to a bed and told that she will be kept captive until the birth of her child. Du is an aged nurse who has been given the assignment of looking after Keely. During the months of Keely's pregnancy, the two women begin to listen to each other's beliefs. The play ends with a self-abortion by Keely while Du is imprisoned. An evocative collection of plays. For large public and academic collections.J. Sara Paulk, Tifton-Tift Cty. Lib., Ga.
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Meet the Author
Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville's 1981 Humana Festival of New American Plays. This play has been performed around the world, winning the Best Foreign Play of the Year award in Germany. Ms. Martin's other collected works include Vital Signs and What Mama Don't Know. Her full-length plays include Cementville, the Pulitzer nominated Keely and Du, which won the 1994 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, Criminal Hearts, and Middle Aged White Guys.