Actress Joan Benedict Steiger is set to star, this fall, in "Collected Stories," a provocative play about literary appropriation, which she is dedicating to her late husband Academy Award-winning film legend Rod Steiger. The production, which opens Oct. 2, 2004 and runs through Nov. 7, 2004 at the Malibu Stage Co. in Malibu, California is in part the end result of a collaborative that started a couple of years ago between Joan Benedict Steiger and her late husband, Rod Steiger.

Plans to produce Collected Stories originally began in early 2002 when Rod Steiger and wife, Joan Benedict Steiger, out of their dual love for live theatre, discussed the idea of co-producing the show. However, later that year production plans were scrapped due to Mr. Steiger’s health. Then in the spring of this year Joan Benedict Steiger decided the time was right to pick up plans to mount the production.

“I am doing this show out of my love for Rod, because I know he would have wanted me to see to it that the show was eventually produced and performed on stage,” said Joan Benedict Steiger, adding, “He is watching over things and I know that he will be with me on opening night smiling.”

In theatre, Ms. Steiger is proud to have starred in the only play Morris West ever wrote, The World is Made of Glass. Ms. Steiger has also starred in the premiere of the one-woman show Leona as Leona Helmsley at the Matrix Theatre, off-Broadway in Dr. Faustus, and in Las Vegas in Promises, Promises. Notable television appearances include Fantasy Island, The Incredible Hulk, the Steve Allen Show, Candid Camera, as well as her starring role in General Hospital as “Edith Fairchild” for three years.

Written by playwright Donald Marguiles, “Collected Stories” follows the development and disintegration of a relationship between a young writer (Lisa) and her mentor (Ruth). Directed by Carmen Maria Milito and produced by Terence Davis, “Collected Stories” stars Joan Benedict Steiger as Ruth with actress Kendra Sue Waldman as Lisa. Malibu Stage Company will play host to the production for its six week run, October 2-November 7, 2004. Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased by calling (310) 589-1998.

Press Release written by: Grant Turck
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