The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s program biography for Jane Martin states that she was born in Kentucky and lists her works. This is, in fact, the entirety of hard facts that the general public has about the mysterious Martin. Remarkably for a world as gossipy as that of the theater, Martin has managed to keep her actual identity a much-discussed secret since she entered the theater scene in 1981. Her first work, The Boy Who Ate the Moon, was produced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1981 and received a fair amount of critical notice. Her second work, Talking With, was also successful, winning her an American Theater Critics New Play award and a nationally recognized name.
Originally, it was rumored that Martin had secretively slipped a manuscript under the door of Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic director Jon Jory, an act that resulted in Martin’s first professional production. This theory did not last long among the gossip-mongering of the Humana Festival, however. Eventually, all the rumors surrounding Martin’s identity would center on Jory himself. In recent years, almost every theory of Martin’s identity has revolved around Jory, and reporters have gone to great lengths to prove the Jory-Martin connection. Jory has even received a call from a Louisville reporter who had examined his tax returns, pre-and post-Jane Martin. Jory, as well as his supposed collaborators, has continually denied responsibility for the...
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