Ruth (performed by talented actor Julia Silverman) has been a prominent short-story writer, and now teaches aspiring young writers. Lisa, (played by the wonderful Liza de Weerd) is a student of Ruth’s, and has heard that she is looking for an assistant. She convinces Ruth that she is perfect for the job, becomes her protégé and over time friendship and trust develops. Lisa looks for approval, but Ruth only seems to take pride in being difficult. Eventually, Ruth confides in Lisa, telling her about her love affair with a much older man and the pain she still suffers from that relationship. Julia Silverman and Liza de Weerd are superb as teacher and student, capturing professional jealousy, ethics, morality, betrayal and human vulnerability dividing these two strong characters.
Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and along with Sherry Netherland’s direction provides crisp, delightful dialogue for the wonderful actors to sink their teeth into. Chris Winfield has created the ultimate writers apartment, both cluttered and full of creativity.
There is so much more to this story. It is full of great moments, and after seeing COLLECTED STORIES I’m still thinking about how I would have felt if I had been Ruth. How do we feel when someone takes something SO personal and shares it with the world, violating your trust? When you see this play, you will have that same question. Come out and see another great evening at the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts District.
Cast: Liza de Weerd, Julia Silverman
Director: Sherry Netherland
Producer for The Group Rep: Alex Parker
Stage Manager: Emily Doyle
Set Design: Chris Winfield
Lighting Design: Kim Smith
Costume Design: Emily Doyle
Sound Design: Steve Shaw
Surtitle Design: Christian Ackerman
Lightboard Operator: Richard Alan Woody
Running Crew: Audrey Young
Public Relations: Nora Feldman
Graphic Design: Doug Haverty – art & soul design
Program: Sherry Netherland
Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 01601
Reservations: www.thegrouprep.com or 818.763.5990
October 12 - November 10 (talk-back Sunday October 21 after the show)
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm
$22 Seniors/Students: $17 Groups: 10+: $15
Ladies Night Fridays – Tix ½ price for the ladies
www.thegrouprep.com or 818.763.5990
Ample street parking and early-bird lot parking available