On

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Mainstage

Mothers & Daughters. Teachers & Students.

Family, Friends, Lovers.

The 2020 Season tackles the difficult and breathtaking relationships of our lives.

Collected Stories by Donald Margulies

Friday, March 6 at 8pm

Saturday, March 7 at 2pm and 8pm

The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue

$20 adult; $17.50 Student/Senior (plus ticketing fees)
 

What stories are yours to tell? What happens when the student surpasses the teacher? Can there be resolution? Collected Stories exposes the conflict between the established artist Ruth Steiner and the adulatory fan Lisa Morrison, who becomes a protege, disciple, colleague and friend - and finally threatening rival as Lisa cannibalizes Ruth’s life experiences, revealing her youthful, shattering affair with poet Delmore Schwartz.  Inspired by the 1994 literary scandal in which Stephen Spender accused American novelist David Leavitt of plagiarizing his 1951 novel World Within World. Tempest examines the relationship of teacher/student and questions of artistic freedom, ethics of the writer, and the responsibility of friendship  in its performance of Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories. With Roxy Arrojo and Cynthia Mazzant.

Hoarding by Michael Berube

Sept-October 2020

Hoarding, Michael's first play, depicts the relationship of a mother and daughter as they struggle with eldercare issues, from physical infirmity to the question of assisted living. Their lively, witty, and sometimes explosive exchanges open a window onto complex family dynamics that will resonate for anyone who has had, or has been, a parent. Hoarding was a part of the Tempest New Play Series/In Development.

Michael Berube is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Penn State University and the author of ten books, most recently Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up, an account of his son with Down syndrome and his journey to adulthood.

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