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March 26, 2013 > Theatre: 'Time Stands Still' staged reading

Theatre: 'Time Stands Still' staged reading

Submitted By Bob Miller

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to introduce the second production in the 2013-2014 "Bare Bones" staged reading series, "Time Stands Still," by Donald Margulies, a keenly observed drama exploring the complex relationship between two couples.

"Time Stands Still" tells the story of Sarah, a photojournalist recuperating from injuries incurred while covering the war in Iraq, and her partner James, a foreign correspondent shell-shocked from the horrors of the war and guilt-ridden from having returned to the United States shortly before Sarah's accident. Sarah and James work to reestablish a bit of normalcy in their lives but are moving inescapably in two different directions, and discovering how difficult it is to erase the past. Margulies's drama cleverly contrasts Sarah's and James's relationship with that of their good friend Richard, a news magazine editor, and Mandy, his much-younger, very na•ve, and slightly dopey new girlfriend.

"What I tried to do with this play," said Margulies, "is capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with the issues of how to be a citizen of the world, how to show compassion, how to be involved, how to be true to yourself and your immediate loved ones." The title of the play comes from the idea that photographs capture a specific moment, that they freeze time.

"Time Stands Still" was commissioned and given its world premiere by the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in February 2009. The play was produced on Broadway in January 2010 by the Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Daniel Sullivan with a cast featuring Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Alicia Silverstone.

Donald Margulies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and adjunct professor at Yale University. His plays "Sight Unseen" and "The Model Apartment" received Obie Awards, and "Dinner with Friends" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature and by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Award in Literary Arts.

An award-winning director, theatre maker, and theatre educator, Susannah Martin has directed for Shotgun Players, A.C.T., Aurora Theatre Company, Boxcar Theatre, Mugwumpin, Playwright's Foundation, Porchlight Theatre Company, Sonoma County Rep, TheatreFIRST, and Town Hall Theatre Company, among others. She has taught for the California Shakespeare Theater for the past eleven years and directed several productions for their five-week summer conservatory. Martin has also taught for St. Mary's College, UC Davis, Los Medanos College, Marin Theatre Company, and a variety of high schools throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.

The play (appropriate for ages 16 and up) will have one performance, Tuesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. Tickets are $10 (open seating), and are available through the Box Office at (510) 881-6777 or online at

Time Stands Still
Tuesday, Apr 2
8 p.m.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10
Open seating

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