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Greer Garson Theatre Celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Announces Fall 2015 Mainstage Productions

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Opening with college premiere of Jane Martin’s “Wild Talk” Oct. 16, directed by SFUAD faculty Jon Jory


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Lauren McDaniel

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

1-505-473-6440

lauren.mcdaniel@santafeuniversity.edu

Santa Fe, N.M.—October 1, 2015—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will open the 50th season of Greer Garson Theatre with the college premiere of Wild Talk, running Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-24. Written by Jane Martin and directed by SFUAD faculty Jon Jory, the play is reminiscent of Martin’s wildly popular “Talking With,” featuring a cast of ten women performing monologues.

The season also includes several other plays, including a dramatic comedy and a musical black comedy. All performances are presented by SFUAD performing arts students and faculty members. In addition to the mainstage performances, the SFUAD Performing Arts Department will again present its “Get a Room! The Room Plays” series, which showcase actors in short plays rehearsed and performed in a one-week intensive rehearsal and performance process with a faculty director in the university’s Acting Lab.

Scenes from “Stage Kiss,” directed by Cristina Duarte, will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 4 in the Weckesser Studio Theatre; scenes from “Hooters,” directed by Robert Benedetti will performed Sunday, Nov. 8 in the Greer Garson Theatre Lobby, and an Improv Room Play directed by Randy Bennett will take place Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Dance Studio of Greer Garson Theatre. All room plays have two performances, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

“This year we celebrate an incredible history, infused with dynamic guests, playwright partnerships, and all manner of training initiatives,” said Laura Fine Hawkes, chair of the SFUAD Performing Arts Department. “We look forward to the community being part of a program gaining major national recognition in undergraduate training for arts and entertainment.”

Fall 2015 Season:

Wild Talk—Written by Jane Martin; directed by Jon Jory

Oct. 16–18 and Oct. 23–25, 2015

Wild Talk, a sequel to Jane Martin’s Talking With, which won the American Critics Association award for BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR produced outside New York, brings ten women to points of extreme comic and dramatic crisis in a whirlwind of unusual situations.

Very Still and Hard to See—Written by Steven Yockey; directed by Gail Springer

Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 4-6

This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. Scary, strange, and at times unexpectedly funny, Steven Yockey’s surreal play was workshopped at American Conservatory Theatre in 2011, and was produced by The Production Company in Los Angeles at The Lex Theatre in 2012.

Times:

Friday and Saturday night performances at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Place:

Greer Garson Theatre

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe

More information:

All productions are $15, and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Tickets Santa Fe box office at 1-505-988-1234, at www.ticketssantafe.org, or on the night of the performance at Greer Garson Theatre Box Office. Season tickets are available with a 10% discount through the Lensic Box Office using promo code GGT50th. For more information about the productions, contact the SFUAD Performing Arts Department at 1-505-473-6439.

The spring production schedule will be announced later in the season.

About Playwright Jane Martin:

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Talking With went on to be produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and subsequently to Berlin where it won Germany’s Best Foreign Play of the Year Award. Martin has four times won the American Critics Association’s Best New Play Produced Outside New York Award. Martin’s play Keely and Du was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and is in production as a feature film in Canada. Four of Martin’s short plays have been anthologized in best short play editions. Martin’s Good Boys and Flags were premiered by the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre. Martin’s play, H2O will open off-Broadway in November. Wild Talk will be the twenty-eighth Jane Martin play published by Samuel French Incorporated. These plays have been translated into eleven languages. Two volumes of Martin’s collected works have been published by Smith and Krause.

About Director Jon Jory:

Jon Jory was a child actor in film, television and on the stage. At ten, he appeared in the first Shakespeare play televised live in America. At twenty, he had his first play produced at the Cleveland Playhouse and
was one of fifteen actors given Ford Foundation grants to tour nationally with the Playhouse company. He attended the Yale Drama School as a playwright, leaving to found the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and become its Artistic Director. He was Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville for thirty years and Artistic Director of the Humana Festival of New American Plays for twenty-five years producing 178 full length world premieres. His work as a Director has been invited to and performed at the BITFF Festival in Belgrade, The Sydney, Perth and Canberra Festivals, The Dublin Festival, The Hong Kong Festival, Festival Taiwan and the Pepsico Festival in Canada. He has also directed in Hungary, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria. He has taught master classes in acting at the Syrian National Theatre, the Habima Theatre in Israel, The National Theatre of Bulgaria and the Hungarian Academy of Dramatic Arts. In America, he has guest directed at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Washington Arena Stage, ACT San Francisco, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and others. As a playwright, he has published five stage adaptations of Jane Austen novels played internationally. His play, Two Musketeers, premiered this year in Florida, his adaptation of Candide in Los Angeles and his adaptations of Moby Dick and Hercule Poirot’s First Case will be published in the spring. He was written the book for five professionally produced musicals, one on Broadway, one filmed for the PBS Theatre in America Series. His book for a musical version of Pride and Prejudice written with Peter Ekstrom will have its world premiere at the Moscow Art Theatre in May. Jory has won the Regional Tony for his work at ATL, the City Award for groundbreaking work with the ten minute play, the ATA, SETC and New England Theatre Conference Person of the Year awards, the Carnegie Mellon and Margo Jones Awards for his work with playwrights, New York’s Drama League Award for theatrical accomplishment, and has been inducted into New York’s Theatre Hall of Fame. He has published four books on acting and directing, is the monthly columnist on acting for Dramatics Magazine and has been profiled by American Theatre Magazine. He taught acting for a decade in the University of Washington‘s graduate acting program before joining Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

About SFUAD’s Performing Arts Department

The Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design introduces students to all facets of stage production, giving them the opportunity to perform, design and build sets, develop and produce costumes, devise and execute lighting schemes, and create and stage sound effects. Because of this strong foundation, SFUAD theatre graduates are known and respected around the country for their knowledge and professionalism. Each year, the department produces three plays, one musical and two dance concerts in the Greer Garson Theatre, a proscenium-style venue dedicated to the late actress, who is remembered for her philanthropy and distinguished career on the stage and screen.

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