Auditions for The Wesleyan Theater Department’s Production of “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies

Jiovani Robles ’13 writes…


We are holding auditions for one female role, the character of Lisa Morrison, in a production of “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies. This production is Directed by Ross Shenker ’11 as part of his candidacy for Honors in Theater. If cast, you will receive .5 credit from the Theater Department and have the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Roth, a former Wesleyan student and an actress from Hartford, who has been cast in the older role of Ruth Steiner. See a description of the play after the jump.

Actresses are requested to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a contemporary American play. Sign up for a 5 minute slot on the call board in the CFA Theater Studios. Please note that if cast you will be required to return from Spring Break early, specifically on Tuesday March 15th in order to begin rehearsing again on Wednesday March 16th.

Performances are in The Patricelli/ ’92 Theater on April 14th, and 15th 2011.

What: Auditions for “Collected Stories”/THEA 433

When: Wednesday January 26th from 4:30PM-6:30PM

Where: Usdan Multipurpose room (B25) located in the basement (sign up for a slot on the call board in the CFA Theater Studios)


THE STORY: “The conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend—and finally threatening rival—is one of those great topics…It resurfaces in Donald Margulies’s provocative new play, COLLECTED STORIES, which confronts the prominent short-story writer Ruth Steiner with her student turned confidante turned competitor Lisa Morrison. What is new here is that the women are teacher and student both in academia and in life, that they come from different social milieus, and that for her first novel, Lisa has also cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, to wit her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. As always, Margulies is literate, intellectually stimulating, and able to create characters of both dramatic and human interest. And he sustains this interest through six scenes covering six years that only briefly leave Ruth’s cozily messy, book-infested Greenwich Village apartment. Here two worlds clash in age-old, ecumenical dueling, led up to by great mutual emotional investment, and all the more bitter for it.” —NY Magazine.