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Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

August 23 - September 22, 2012

Collected Stories

COLLECTED STORIES at Live Theatre Workshop

By Donald Margulies

Directed by Sheldon Metz

Cynthia Jeffery
Samantha Cormier



Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies chronicles the relationship between two female writers--a celebrated New York author and her young protege. As their story evolves, and the line between fact and fiction blurs, the twists and turns of this complex relationship weave a play that's as smart and witty as it is powerful.

"As usual, Margulies holds the rich ore of his material up to the light so that it sends beams in every direction…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew."
-Village Voice



Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM.
Special Saturday Matinee on September 22 at 3:00 PM.

August 23 - September 22, 2012

Preview Performances: August 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show

Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242



We all have “rivals” in our lives; some friendly, some not. In fact, literature and drama have been full of tales of these rivalries. Some are friendly, some not so. Some are familial. Some, instantly evil. They grow out of competitiveness, contention,opposition, friction, conflict and vying for a position or the Samantha Cormier and Cynthia Jeffery in COLLECTED STORIESspotlight. 

Collected Stories, by American playwright Donald Margulies, premiered in New York in 1997 and won a Drama Desk nomination for Best play. It is beautifully constructed to show the changing relationship between successful writer/ professor Ruth Steiner and the young student Lisa who becomes her protege, her friend and ultimately her rival. It’s the All About Eve of literature. 

Which is good; which is evil? Are either of them good or evil? My hope is that, after viewing this tremendous conflict of creative souls, you will be able to sit with friends and discuss your own viewpoints - see these two women from both sides - and develop your own consensus. Is Ruth the past and Lisa the future? What about the ethics of the story? Is there a right and a wrong? And, finally, what price does success truly demand? 


Sheldon Metz - Director



Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for DINNER WITH FRIENDS. His many plays include TIME STANDS STILL, SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT — THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT (AS TOLD BY HIMSELF), BROOKLYN BOY, SIGHT UNSEEN, COLLECTED STORIES, GOD OF VENGEANCE (based on the Yiddish classic by Sholem Asch), THE MODEL APARTMENT, THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC, WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?, BROKEN SLEEP: THREE PLAYS, FOUND A PEANUT, PITCHING TO THE STAR, RESTING PLACE, GIFTED CHILDREN, ZIMMER and LUNA PARK. His plays have been performed at major theatres across the United States and around the world. Theatre Communications Group has published seven volumes of his work. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature and by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Award in Literary Arts. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954, Mr. Margulies now lives with his wife, Lynn Street, a physician, and their son, Miles, in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.


Samantha Cormier and Cynthia Jeffery in COLLECTED STORIESABOUT THE ARTISTS

Samantha Cormier - Lisa - received her BFA in Theatre at the University of Arizona. She has performed in, choreographed, designed and directed over 50 productions. She is an instructor for Live Theatre Workshop, Studio Connections and was theresident choreographer for RedondoMusic Theatre. Favorite acting credits include BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, A PIECE OF MY HEART, TICK, TICK...BOOM!, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (MAC Award nomination, Best Actress) andTHE ODD COUPLE: FEMALE VERSION. She was last seen on the mainstage at LTW in HARVEY.


Cynthia Jeffery - Ruth - is an ASU graduate with a degree in Theatre Arts. Cynthia lived in Hawaii for 15 years where she owned and operated “Wide Eyed Theatre,” an after school program, and co-produced three videos on Teen Crime Prevention with her husband, Tobin. She has worked as a DJ for “K-Hawaii’s Rock N’ Roll” and earned 4 Tiki Awards for Best Actress in such shows as A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Blanche), MACBETH (Lady Macbeth), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Meg) and BEYOND THERAPY (Prudence). In Tucson, she received MAC nominations for RELATIVELY SPEAKING (Sheila) and NOEXIT (Inez) and won recognition for her role as Amanda in LTW’s THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Favorite roles include Flora in HUMBLE BOY, Nettie in THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES and Mag in THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. Film credits include ‘The Lost River,’ ‘The Greening of Eritrea,’ ‘Spin,’ ‘Animal Planet’s I Shouldn’t be Alive’ and ‘Finley Wade.’ She currently works for KOLD News 13 as a National Sales Assistant and voiceover talent. She was last seen at LTW in DEATH AND THE MAIDEN.

Samantha Cormier and Cynthia Jeffery in COLLECTED STORIES


Sheldon Metz - Direction - has been directing theatre for 51 years, in Chicago, Los Angeles and Tucson. He was founder and Executive Director of A.C.C.T., too! - in Los Angeles; Director of the West Coast Theatre Conference (L.A.); and The Theatre Conference (New York). He was an Associate Artistic Director and Producing Director for the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble. He’s won fourteen directing awards and 20 set design awards. Recently he directed RADIUM GIRLS and THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE for Beowulf Alley andOLEANNA FOR Etcetera at LTW. He created and directs Beowulf Alley’s Old Time Radio Theatre, and is the Founder of the new Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA). As co-founder of Murder Mayhem, he writes and directs murder mystery dinner shows for The Hotel Congress, and has created a new major city-wide event for 2013, ‘Carnivale 2013 - Mardis Gras-Tucson.’