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Collected Stories

Show:    'Collected Stories' by Donald Margulies

Venue:   On tour around Dublin
               incl. Civic Theatre & Smock Alley

Run:       March -April 2017

Role:      Set & Lighting Designer

 

The place: Greenwich Village.
The question: Do artists survive by devouring one another?
Ruth Steiner is the imperious bohemian author of acclaimed works of fiction. Lisa Morrison is the callow and eager student who dreams of literary stardom. Lisa offers Ruth her services as personal assistant, and before you can say ALL ABOUT EVE the younger woman has begun appropriating secrets from Ruth’s glory days to rocket herself to success.


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, this gripping drama is an Irish premiere of an American masterwork. His plays have been performed at major theatres across the United States and around the world.

Creative team

Director - Aoife Spillane Hinks

Set & Lighting Design - Hanna Bowe

Costume Design - Barbara McCarthy

Sound Design - Fionn Foley

Producer - Leanne Cuttle

Dramaturg - Tanya Dean

Production Manager - Tilly Taylor

Performers

Bríd Ní Neachtain as Ruth Steiner

Maeve Fitzgerald as Lisa Morrison

Reviews

03 Apr 2017

The Reviews Hub

Special attention has gone into the set design created by Hanna Bowe, which uses colour and dimmed lighting to evoke the feeling of a Manhattan apartment, whose owner has moved from beatnik poet to professional wordsmith. The shelves at the back of the stage are full of colour coordinated books and the desk and telephone table contain the organised clutter of a writer. The sofa and chair are homely and help to present the idea of middle-class literary success. It is the very picture of understated and aspirational.

17 Mar 2017

Exeunt Magazine

Ruth even takes her on as an assistant despite the clues offered by designer Hanna Bowe’s suave apartment set, adorned with meticulously coded books in confectionary colours, suggesting the writer’s life might be in better order as it is.

16 Mar 2017

No More Workhorse

Collected Stories is a finely crafted play which received various awards at the time of its creation. The text at times is exceedingly funny and of course a writer as skilled as Margulies is on home turf when he is writing about writers. However the play also reveals the tensions that arise in a friendship particularly when one friend’s career is waxing and the other is on the wane. Margulies gives the actors a script of substance and they rise to it to create an engaging production.

16 Mar 2017

The Red Curtain Review

The one room setting helps the claustrophobic feeling that emerges in the relationship, and yet it is kept fresh and pacy, thanks to tight, considered and excellent direction from Aoife Spillane-Hinks. 

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Images provided by Ste Murray (www.ste.ie)

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