Acting legend Uta Hagen joined one of North America's most prestigious theatre companies July 28 when she opened in Collected Stories, her Off-Broadway hit, at the Stratford Festival in Ontario.
Stories will be shelved Sept. 2, the end of the limited engagement. Previews for Donald Margulies' drama about an aging writer and her protégé began July 21 at the three-quarter thrust Tom Patterson Theatre.
Hagen and Lorca Simons reprise the roles they created at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City in 1998-99. This represents the Stratford debut of each actress, and they do not perform in other plays in the summer repertory.
The play's Off-Broadway director, William Carden, helms the Stratford staging at the most intimate of Stratford's stages. Designers are Ray Recht (set), Mirena Rada (costumes), Michael J. Whitfield (lighting), Robert Auld (sound) and Peter McBoyle (sound design realization).
Hagen made her Broadway debut in 1938 with Lunts, playing Nina in The Seagull. She memorably appeared in The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and became a sought-after teacher and author. "Respect for Acting" is an essential part of the library of any actor. She earned a special lifetime achievement Tony Award in 1999.
"Like Stanislavsky's 'An Actor Prepares,' her book is one of the most inspired and inspiring manifestos of our art that I know," said Stratford artistic director Richard Monette.
Author Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize for his current Off Broadway comedy, Dinner With Friends.
For information on Collected Stories, call (800) 567-1600.