Ruth Steiner, a critically acclaimed, seasoned author, takes her student, Lisa, under her wing. What begins as a mentorship flourishes into a deeper maternal friendship. When Lisa becomes a much-admired published writer and uses Ruth’s secretive life story for her own novel, the balance of power shifts and the boundaries of their relationship is called into question. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies challenges audiences to answer the questions: Does your story belong to you? Does someone else have the right to tell your story?
“[Collected Stories] digs into its engaging tale of aesthetics and ethics with intelligence and sharp, literate humor.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Photo: Liz Hayes and Bobbie Steinbach in Collected Stories. Photo by Andrew Brilliant/ Brilliant Pictures
BRIDGET KATHLEEN O’LEARY joined New Rep in 2008 where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. She has directed New Rep’s productions of Blackberry Winter, Scenes from an Adultery, Muckrakers, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories, DollHouse, boom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include The Heidi Chronicles (Northeastern University), Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Flick (Gloucester Stage Company), Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Other Place (The Nora Theatre and Underground Railway Theater); Recent Tragic Events, and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark). In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, DC with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. She is the Chair of the Literary Committee for the National New Play Network and a member of the New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.
*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829