Austin Playhouse to Stage TIME STANDS STILL
A Tony nominee for Best Play, Time Stands Still is a witty, intelligent examination of the power of war against the backdrop of the homefront. Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist, share a passion for the adrenaline rush that comes from reporting stories in the world's deadliest war zones. When the realities of combat become too much for James, a rift begins to form between them. After Sarah is wounded in a bomb blast in Iraq, she is forced to return home to James and the safety, and comparative boredom, of New York. Her struggle to adapt to life in the States is contrasted with the life of her mentor, Richard, who is happily embarking on a more conventional path with a much younger woman.
Pressed to consider settling down in New York, Sarah must face her addiction to a life filled unpredictability and come to terms with the impossibility of remaining just a spectator on the homefront to the tragedies of war. Time Stands Still is a witty, intelligent, and topical examination of our complicated relationship to war and its effects on the people who choose to be part of the chaos.
Recommended for audiences 18 and up due to adult language, mature situations and depiction of smoking.
Times Stands Still stars Austin Playhouse Acting Company members Molly Karrasch as Sarah (Venus in Fur, Roaring), Brian Coughlin as James (Man of La Mancha, And Then There Were None), Huck Huckaby as Richard (The Liar, Roaring), joined by Jessica Hughes (Noises Off) as Mandy.
The play is directed by Don Toner, with lighting design by Don Day, costume design by Buffy Manners, and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.
Time Stands Still was a Tony nominee for Best Play in the 2010 Broadway season, and the newest play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner with Friends and Collected Stories. "What I tried to do with this play," Donald Margulies says, "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."