Thriller The Collector from Ruskin Group Theatre Company
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An explosive true story of lust, lies and obsession, talhotblond brings Emmy-winning journalist Barbara Schroeder's feature documentary to the stage in a chilling drama. A married man becomes involved in an online love triangle with an 18-year-old girl going by the screen name talhotblond. But what the man doesn't know about her eventually leads to tragedy. In this cautionary tale for our times, nothing is what it seems. Kathrine Bates, author of the long-running Los Angeles favorite The Manor, adapts this shocking and timely story. Learn More
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Featured review from Ron Di Costanzo
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It is not easy to create a play from a literary novel with a complex narrative (two largely "simultaneous" points of view): in fact, it is impossible to duplicate, But this production--aided by superb acting--does the best one can given the limitations of the stage. If you don't know the novel, you will love this performance. And if you do know the novel (or even the fine but also limited film from 1965 with Terrence Stamp) you will still enjoy it very much. Go!
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“Impeccable performance…I was simply bowled over. In my view, Dane Zinter could become this generation’s Meryl Streep. You’ve got to see it for yourself…well worth your time and attention!” —Santa Monica Daily Press
“Outstanding…gripping the audience with its ever-mounting aura of quiet danger. Gutsy and multi-layered performances. It should not be missed.” —_reviewplays.com _
JOHN FOWLES (Writer) has been celebrated as one of the most seductive storytellers of the late twentieth century. He burst from obscurity with the spectacular debut of his first novel, The Collector. John finished his first draft in a month, but spent more than a year making revisions before showing it to his agent. When the paperback rights were sold in the spring of that year it was close to the highest price that had hitherto been paid for a first novel. The Collector was also optioned and became a film in 1965. Over the next two decades, the books rolled out: The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Aristos, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa, A Maggot, and a host of critically acclaimed dramatic translations and penetrating essays. The appearance of each of Fowles’ romantic and fiercely intellectual works became a major literary event.
EDWARD EDWARDS (Director) has worked on Broadway in Mike Nichols production of Streamers and played the title role in The Nerd. In Los Angeles his theatre credits include Another Part of the Forest at The Ahmanson, Porgy and Bess at LA Opera and The Hasty Heart at Pacific Resident Theatre, for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. Edward has worked on nine feature films including the David Fincher project The Social Network, which opens 2010.
MARK HEALY (Playwright) adapted The Collector for stage. His writing credits include a translation of Racine’s Britannicus, and John Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Jane Austen’s Persuasions, _Sense and Sensibility _and Dracula, as well as Lord of the Undead.