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William Cane is the pen name of Michael Christian. He is the author of THE ART OF KISSING (1991, revised editions 1995 and 2005) and several other books.
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Meet the Real Ernest Shackleton: A Comedy about Antarctica
Celebrating the centennial of Ernest Shackleton's attempt to cross the Antarctic continent, the play is a retelling of the Shackleton saga. The story focuses on his desire to impress his wife and the resulting heroic miscalculation that led him to sail his ship, the Endurance, into the Antarctic Sea where it became stuck in the ice and eventually sank, stranding Shackleton and his crew for two years. Shackleton made history when he accomplished the impossible by bringing all his men home safely after a two-year life-and-death struggle. This is the first comedy about his expedition. The story is a romantic comedy that asks an obvious question, How does it feel to get stuck in Antarctica for two years with twenty-seven men, one of whom you suspect is in love with your wife?
The play was produced as a musical and ran September 9-26, 2004.
Sande Shurin Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 09 Sep 2014
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