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Le Moyne College Presents "Anton in Show Business" by Jane Martin

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Boot and Buskin Theatre Group of Le Moyne College will present “Anton in Show Business” by Jane Martin on February 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. All performances will start at 8 p.m. at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts.<br /> <br /> Jane Martin’s “Anton in Show Business,” a hit at the 24th Humana Festival of New American Plays and the winner of the 2000 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award, takes you backstage in a fast-paced and remorseless look into the world of theatre. The story centers on three actresses; a self-centered television star, a jaded New Yorker and an enthusiastic ingenue brought together for an ill-fated production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters” in San Antonio, Texas. “Anton” skewers incompetent producers, idiot directors, self-centered actors, crass sponsors, self-important critics, while it satirizes, celebrates, and challenges the importance of theatre as an art form today. Like Chekhov, Jane Martin has captured the humor of life. It just happens to be the life in show business.<br /> <br /> In the 31-year history of the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, more plays written by Jane Martin have been introduced than by any other playwright. For more than 20 years, ATL has kept the playwright's identity secret. The elusive playwright, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, is generally believed to be Jon Jory, the man who recently stepped down as producing director of the Actors Theater of Louisville (see extra material for information on the Jane Martin controversy). Ms. Martin first came to national attention for “Talking With,” a collection of monologues premiering in the 1982 Humana Festival. Ms. Martin's Keely and Du, which premiered in the 1993 Humana Festival, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in drama and won the American Theatre Critics Association Award for Best New Play in 1996.<br /> <br /> This production will be under the direction of Anjalee Nadkarni with scenery and lights designed by Karel Blakeley. Le Moyne students Melissa Scobell ’08 will design costumes and Allison Coe ’08 will design sound.<br /> <br /> Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $4 for students and Le Moyne community. For additional information and ticket reservations, please call the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at (315) 445-4523.</p>
posted on: 1/18/2008