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.
Donald Margulies, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and one of America's most widely-acclaimed theatrical voices.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
A year ago, at Clontarf’s Viking Theatre, we presented The Margulies Trilogy, a reading series of three of the playwright's major works.
Associate dramaturg Tanya Dean facilitated post-show discussions with the audience each night. Based on the ecstatic response to Collected Stories, we decided to stage a full production.
Over the last year, we have built up relationships with the venues where the production will be presented, with the creative artists who will bring the production to life, and with producer Breda Cashe, who has mentored our production process.
After our acclaimed production of The Yellow Wallpaper, and our celebrated series of public readings of classic and contemporary plays, Then This Theatre brings a rarely-produced American masterwork to Irish audiences. Led by director Aoife Spillane-Hinks (Creditors), Collected Stories features a stellar cast: Deirdre Donnelly (Donegal), a high-powered veteran of Ireland’s great theatres, joins forces with Irish Times Theatre Award-winner Maeve Fitzgerald (Bailegangaire) in this two-woman tour-de-force. Featuring two rising star designers, Hanna Bowe (Glowworm) and Barbara McCarthy (Something Unspoken), our production of Collected Stories will showcase collaborations between great artists at various stages of their careers.
Then This Theatre is delighted to be presenting a three-week run of Collected Stories throughout the Dublin area. After opening in the Viking Theatre in Spring 2017, we will tour to several other venues, including the Civic Theatre Tallaght and the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Kildare.
While we have raised some money through venue guarantees, we need additional funds in order to cover essential production costs:
€2,750 - design/technical costs
€2,750 - administrative costs (such as rights/insurance)
€1,000 - promotion and publicity
If we exceed our goal, we'll be able to secure additional funds to expand the scope of our designers' resources and to increase the reach of our advertising campaign.
WE NEED YOU!
As an independent company, taking on the financial and creative risks of a new production, we rely on the generosity of donors like you to make this work possible. The €6,500 we hope to raise through your support is an essential part of bringing a this challenging and engaging American classic to life.
Your time, consideration, and support mean so much to us. Thank you.
Aoife & Maeve