( 1961- )
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kane (formerly Molloy) grew up watching her father perform in all kinds of theatre: from pantomimes, to Waiting for Godot, to his weekly television show. At night she went to sleep listening to family tales (including stories about her grandfather, a clown who wrote his own material), myths, and histories. In 1969 her American-born mother, with her six children, returned to Pennsylvania which she had left in the 1950s to write her dissertation at Trinity College. Kane attended Allentown College and toured as a member of Bethlehem's Touchstone Theatre with ensemble-created work in the 1970s. She received a BFA from New York University in 1983 and, disgruntled with the straight-girl roles available for women, began writing and performing her own work. Rejecting her Meisner training, Kane immersed herself in Eastern- movement theatre and finally went to Asia where she continued her movement studies. Her Artformance Productions, an ensemble of women writers, choreographers and performers, led to her writing short plays and to the playwriting program at Brown University where she graduated with an MFA in 1991. During that time, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship which she used to travel to London to study with Caryl Churchill. Kane says that she is intrigued "with the relationship between the construction of gender and conscription to a preferred sexuality as well as the relationships between the construction of theatre, of family and the constrictions of society." She lives and works in New York City.
Kane's work is characterized by a density of language, lyricism, and theatricality. Maiden Voyages, written with Bronagh Murphy, chronicles the stories