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Collected Stories

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Evenings 7:30 pm Sunday Matinees 2:00pm

Featuring two forceful and captivating characters, ECHO Players production Collected Stories is a searching look at the lives of a pair of writers, focusing on their friendship, ambitions, conflicts, rivalries, and betrayals.

Ruth Steiner (Beth DeVolder) is an older, established Jewish writer, famous for her short stories, who also teaches and advises young authors. When she agrees to mentor eager Lisa Morrison (Jennifer Kelly), she gets more than she bargained for. At their first meeting Lisa is a hero-worshipping chatterbox who can’t shut up about her admiration for Ruth. The tough, seasoned pro views Lisa’s starry-eyed adulation with a jaundiced eye—but it is gratifying. In the course of their work together, Lisa overcomes her initial humility and begins to reveal her own grit, daring to question Ruth’s advice and challenge her authority. She also pumps Ruth for details about herself and the high point of her life: her long-ago romance with Brooklyn poet Delmore Schwartz.

When Lisa sells her first story—to a publication Ruth advised her against—Ruth is startled to discover that her formerly too-dependent protégée can be disconcertingly independent. Things come to a head with the publication of Lisa’s first novel. Ruth discovers that the girl has appropriated her life story, her Jewish background, and her turbulent love affair with Schwartz—which Ruth always regarded as too personal to write about—for her book. Lisa claims it’s an act of homage, but for Ruth it amounts to exploitation and plunder. “Collected Stories… digs into its engaging tale of aesthetics and ethics told with intelligence and sharp, literate humor.” – New York Times

Qualicum Beach, Village Theatre Box Office will be open from April 3rd onward. For tickets contact the Box Office (250-752-3522) or e-mail To order tickets on online or for more information visit our website at

Cost: Adult: $21.00
Senior: $18.00
Student: $12.00
Category: Arts | Entertainment
Location: Village Theatre
110 West 2nd Avenue, Qualicum
This event is for Adults, Seniors, Student / College
More Info: ECHO Players
(250) 752-3522
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