On Saturday (September 20) at 7pm, the Aglet Theatre Company will present its first staged reading of this season – Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. It will do so in its new home at Dewey Hall, 91 Main St. (Route 7) in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Erected in 1887, the Hall is an intimate and charming venue, conducive to the genial atmosphere created by Aglet as well as the company’s thought-provoking and insightful productions.
Directed by Thomas Gruenewald, Aglet’s staff director, Collected Stories features two highly accomplished actresses – Deborah Coconis and Deann Halper. All three artists have extensive experience in other parts of the country as well as the tri-state area.
The play follows Ruth Steiner who exploded into the literary world with a collection of short stories that brought her instant fame in her early ’20s. The fame dwindled away, and Ruth has since become an esteemed but little-celebrated member of academia, teaching writing to ambitious college students in New York City.
One evening Lisa Morrison arrives for a consultation about a story she’s written for Ruth’s class. Lisa’s talent captures Ruth interest and as their relationship develops Ruth comes to see in her protégée a version of herself, a nobody from Detroit testing incredible odds to succeed.