Professional Theatre For Maine

"Collected Stories" Opens At Public Theatre!

Posted on 01/12/2009 12:00am

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Dinner with Friends comes Collected Stories, a compelling All About Eve-like tale of a famous writer and her adoring protégé, playing Jan 23 – Feb 1 at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn's Professional Theatre.

Under the wing of her impressive mentor, an ambitious young student progresses quickly to colleague then confidante, and ultimately to rival. Following the rise and fall of friendship between these two fascinating women, Collected Stories presents the teacher/student relationship at its deepest level and explores what happens when a student surpasses her mentor.

“Most people understand what it’s like to be in an intense student/teacher relationship, or a child/parent dynamic”, says director Christopher Schario. “Collected Stories is not just a play about writers or the vulnerability creative people experience, but it is also a play about how we pass along traditions and fulfill our need for family”.

Over the years, the role of Ruth, the famous writer, has attracted an impressive list of actresses, including Uta Hagen in the New York production, and Linda Lavin in the film version for PBS. The role of Lisa, the promising protégé, was originally played Off-Broadway by up and coming actress, now turned television star, Deborah Messing. Playing the roles of Ruth and Lisa at The Public Theatre will be New York actresses Deborah Jean Templin and Emma O’Donnell. Deborah Jean’s extensive theatre credits include the National Tours of Mamma Mia!, Titanic, Baby and Annie. She is also the recipient of Philadelphia’s coveted Barrymore Award for acting. Emma has appeared in New York and regional theatre, including productions at The Guthrie and Walnut St. Theatre, and has originated the role of Beezus for Theater Works U.S.A.’s national tour of Ramona Quimby.

Creating the Greenwich Village apartment where the play takes place will be set designer Dan Bilodeau. Bart Garvey will design the lighting and Kate Law will design the costumes.

Collected Stories will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, Jan 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and Feb 1. A free Post-show discussion featuring the cast and director will follow the Jan 25th matinee. Performance times are Thurs at 7pm, Fri and Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Adults $18, Sr/Stu $16, Group Rate (10+) $14. For tickets call The Public Theatre Box Office at 782-3200. For more information visit www.thepublictheatre.org.