Collected Stories virtual staged reading (Los Angeles)

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Wed Oct 28, 4:00pm

In Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, grad student Lisa is thrilled to be under the tutelage of her literary idol, Ruth Steiner. Over the years, Lisa becomes Ruth’s personal assistant and gradually her friend, as Ruth helps her hone her writing abilities. But as Lisa’s career begins to flourish and Ruth’s begins to fade, can the tenuous relationship between mentor and mentee survive ambition, rivalry, and eventual betrayal? Collected Stories explores the complicated relationship between two independent women as they struggle to define what, if anything, is off-limits in art.

"As usual, Margulies holds the rich ore of his material up to the light so that it sends beams in every direction…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew." —Village Voice.

Playwright Donald Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Dinner with Friends. His Broadway credits, in addition to Collected Stories, include The Country House, Time Stands Still, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen and What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Christian Lebano directs. The Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, his many directing credits include Woman in Mind (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice), Deathtrap (Ovation Award winner), A Christmas Story, 4000 Miles, The Glass Menagerie (Ovation Award nominee), The Gin Game and more. Also an actor, his stage appearances include Opus, Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, God’s Man in Texas and more.

The cast includes Claudette Sutherland, whose Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (in which she was the original Smitty), The Shadow Box and The Women; and Alexandra Wright, familiar to Sierra Madre Playhouse audiences from her appearances in Battledrum and 4000 Miles.

Stage manager: Jeanne Marie Valleroy.

The Virtual Off the Page series is produced by Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano and coordinated by Beryl Tsang and Jeanne Marie Valleroy.
A talkback with the director and cast will happen on October 20 at 6 p.m. Go to sierramadreplayhouse.org for further details.