The Theater of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Since the late 1990's, Stephen's performances have captured the attention of the press. It is not just the stunning resemblance to Walt Whitman himself, which many of the reviews notice, but the portrayal of the character and the essence that he brings within arm's reach to the audience that makes the poet come to life. It is not surprising that in some reviews, the writer switches Collins' name and Whitman's interchangeably. A true compliment to a performance well appreciated.
The thirties through the fifties represent a great period of American Theatrical History. The influence of and reaction to the Great Depression is evident in the work of William Saroyan. The forties saw the talent of three great playwrights emerge who dominated the theater, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O'Neil.
All three examine dysfunctional families and the American dream gone awry. In 1954, N. Richard Nash's play The Rainmaker opens at the Cort Theater in New York City. The character Starbuck charms audiences with his brand of con and hucksterism.
Collins performs monologues from these and other playwrights and may even sing a Cole Porter and George Gershwin tune to round off the evening.
Mr. Collins has presented his work at high schools, colleges, universities, libraries, historical societies, retirement communities, and other organizations and is available for your organization. For rates and more information, please call (978) 853-0710 or email .