Probably best known as the Founder and Artistic Director of
Minneapolis' At the Foot of the Mountain (the longest running
professional women's theater in the country) from 1974 to 1984,
Martha has written over 40 plays which have been produced throughout the country and in Europe. She began her fifty-two year career in theater -- which includes performing, directing, playwrighting, dministrating, designing, teaching, and doing odd jobs -- as a apprentice in summer stock when she was sixteen.
She has directed and written plays for the Minnesota Opera Company, In the Heart of the Beast Theater, and the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis; The Actor's Theater (St. Paul), the Academy Theater (Atlanta), A Traveling Jewish Theater (San Francisco), Northlight Theater (Chicago), and won national awards including an NEA, a Minnesota State Arts Grant, both Bush and McKnight fellowships, and the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American playwrights. Her work grew out of the sixties, when she was a company member of the Firehouse Theater in Minneapolis, an iconoclastic, experimental theater ensemble with connections to the Open Theater of NYC, and remains true to the ideological concerns of that time. At the end of the last century she was seen at various venues around the country touring her first solo performance, a series of monologues about the second wave of the women's liberation movement, THESE ARE MY SISTERS. Concurrently (as a recipient of TCG's Pew directing fellowship) she directed and co-created two plays for San Francisco's A Traveling Jewish Theater.
In 2001 she moved from Minneapolis, where she raised her three
children and built her career, to the Bay Area where she wrote and directed two one-woman plays - THE WITNESS and SONG OF THE MAGPIE -both reflecting the vision of the
Faithful Fools Street Ministry:http://www.faithfulfools.org/projtheaterwitness.htm in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, where she currently works.
• The Witness, one of the two pieces being performed in town during their visit. It's on the Faithful Fools'
• Something on the other of the plays being performed --
the one she does as a one woman show --
Song of the Magpie:http://www.thestreetspirit.org/March2006/magpie.htm
It's a review in Street Spirit, a newspaper (local only? or national? don't know) by and for homeless people: