Collected Stories
by Donald Margulies


"Collected Stories" is a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, and centers around two women in New York during the 1990s; Ruth Steiner, a respected writer with a long and established career, and her student and protégée Lisa Morrison.

Ruth, a student of literature during a time when the atmosphere of New York was saturated by the influence of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Delmore Schwartz, rose to success in what was then a male dominated profession. Now a mentor for students of literature, Ruth comes across the work of an intriguing young woman, Lisa Morrison. Not yet aware of her own talents, but determined to succeed, Lisa pursues a friendship with Ruth, who she has the greatest respect and admiration for. But as a naive generation searches for its voice in another’s past… a life spent with a broken heart prevents another from speaking up.

"Collected Stories" is a tale of two generations, both alike in dignity, both equal in value, both as fragile as the next. As both women strive to be heard, friendship is tested, feelings hurt, and life it would seem, continues as normal.


Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts March 03, 2016

Brick 5

Fünfhausgasse 5
1150 Wien

Public Transport

U6 Gumpendorferstraße
U4/U6 Längenfeldgasse
Trams 6 & 18
Bus 57A


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Ruth Steiner
Deborah Gzesh

Born and raised in Chicago, Deborah began acting in community theatre at an early age. She trained in improvisation in her teen years at Chicago’s ‘Second City’, her college years in NYC at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and a variety of dance and music studios since childhood in Chicago, New York and Vienna.
After a move to Austria she was a member of the Vienna Serapions Theater Ensemble for twelve years. She has worked in Vienna’s independent theater scene as a performer, producer, manager with her own Zenith Productions für Theater und Musik, Cocon Theater and Theater Nestroyhof Hamakom, among others. A few minor film roles, commercials, voice over work, teaching and translating have kept her busy and alive the rest of the time!
Deborah also performs regularly with her music project „Scheiny’s All Star Yiddish Revue“
She is the proud mother of two talented teens.

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Lisa Morrison
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

Creative Team

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Maria Lohn

Maria Lohn received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland through the Erasmus university exchange program. Credits include: Emilia in Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale"; Angelica in "Cinderella"; Young Woman in the Vanishing Point Theatre Company’s production "Hidden"; Antigone in "Oedipus at Colonus" (co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland); Mother in Howard Barker’s "Wounds to the Face".

After returning to Austria she performed at the Dschungel Wien (Lotte in "Werther - The Playlist" by Holger Schober), became an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and attended several theatre festivals, such as the Schäxpir Festival Linz and the Szene Bunte Wähne Festival. Three of her shows were nominated for the Stella Award 2011 and 2012. One of them won the Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen in 2011. For Open House Theatre she played Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream", Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet" and Hedda Gabler in "Hedda". Radio, Film and TV credits include: „Acting Up“ (BBC Radio Scotland), „Es kann nichts passieren“ (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), „Straight to REM“ (shortlisted for the Cannes Short Film Festival 2014). She also appears in the new ORF TV-series „Altes Geld“ by David Schalko and in the ORF/ZDF TV-series Soko Kitzbühel.

Maria is also a company's ensemble member.

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Costume Design
Jennifer Kobb

Jennifer discovered her love for theatre at university and soon realized she could best put her skills to use backstage. She began her professional career as a Stitcher and Wardrobe Assistant at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked on a wide variety of shows including “A Christmas Carol,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and “Hamlet.” During that time, she was also asked to bring her talents to several shows produced by Brown University. She later worked as a Draper and Stitcher at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, on productions such as “Dreamgirls,” “Xanadu,” and “God of Carnage.”

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Assistant Director
Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.