Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Collected Stories

by Donald Margulies Running Time: 2 hours; 15 minutes

November 21, 2012 to
December 16, 2012

Studio Theatre
Directed by C. Michael Wright

Featuring Sarah Day & Laura Frye

Coll Stories photoBy 1990, renowned short story writer Ruth Steiner has become a recluse in Greenwich Village. Enter Lisa Morrison, her bright-eyed young protégée. Over the next six years, under Ruth's tutelage, Lisa advances from insecure student to faithful assistant to successful writer.  As the relationship between these two strong-willed women evolves, the playwright who gave us BROOKLYN BOY and DINNER WITH FRIENDS brings their fascinating story to a dramatic conclusion.

A collaboration with Forward Theater Company of Madison.

Sponsored by John E. Holland

Photo: Laura Frye & Sarah Day; Credit: Zane Williams Photography

Donald Margulies
Ruth Sarah Day
Lisa Laura Frye

Production Staff
Director C. Michael Wright
Scenic Designer Stephen Hudson-Mairet
Costume Designer Kimberly O'Callaghan
Lighting Designer John Frautschy
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Chris Guse
Stage Manager Judy Martel
<November 2012>
181920217:30 PM (P)22238:00 PM (O)244:00 PM8:00 PM
252:00 PM2627287:30 PM (V)297:30 PM (T)308:00 PM14:00 PM8:00 PM
22:00 PM3451:00 PM (*)67:30 PM (T)78:00 PM84:00 PM8:00 PM

T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Media Coverage

The Writing Life

Sunday, November 25, 2012

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; "It’s a quiet, unassuming moment that passes in a blink, but it neatly contains the most profound idea in Collected Stories, which opened this weekend in a deeply moving production by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.'

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MCT’s “Collected Stories”: emotional and deep

Saturday, November 24, 2012

by Danielle McClune, Third Coast; "Collected Stories, which opened at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Friday, handles the complexities of authorship and mentorship with precision. The performances are exceptional, invoking the complications inherent in creativity."

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Collected Stories preview video

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Watch a COLLECTED STORIES preview video featuring performance footage and interviews with Sarah Day, Laura Frye & C. Michael Wright. Click "more info" for the link

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MCT’s “Collected Stories” puts family first

Thursday, November 22, 2012

by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; ...Yet with a play as focused on family relationships as Collected Stories is, it’s hard not to see some serendipity there. The play follows two characters, Ruth (Sarah Day), a reclusive Jewish writer in her 60s, and Lisa (Laura Frye), a WASP-y grad student in her late 20s, over six years. The two women may not be literally related, but Wright says their dynamic is nonetheless a family one...

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Exploring Collective Voices

Friday, November 2, 2012

by Laura Loving, MCT Guest Educator; ... Margulies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has created an emotionally gripping play that pits the insecurities and pride of a seasoned writer from one generation (Ruth Steiner, played by Sarah Day) against the insecurities and panache of her young protégée (Lisa Morrison, played by Laura Frye) ...

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