Ego Actus and LungTree Productions present TIME STANDS STILL
Ego Actus and LungTree Productions present Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies. The Tony Award-nominated play is directed by Ego Actus co-founder, Joan Kane who was named Person of the Year by nytheatre.com in 2011, and was the recipient of the Best Director Award at the Untied Solo Festival in 2016.
Set in Brooklyn, the play revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has just returned from covering the war in Syria after being severely injured by a roadside bomb. Her reporter boyfriend James, is swamped by guilt for leaving Sarah alone in Syria where she was nearly killed. When they receive a visit from their photo editor friend Richard, who introduces them to his new and much younger girlfriend Mandy, their relationship is tested. Can the adventurous couple find peace with a more conventional life when they thrive on the adrenaline rush of war?
Producer Bruce A! Kraemer discussed what attracted them to the script, "Ego Actus and LungTree Productions were drawn to Time Stands Still because it is a play for our times. It explores the mainstream media exploiting human tragedy and does it through the lens of what happens to individual people on very personal levels."
The cast stars Maggie Alexander (Fifty Words/Gene Frankel Theater), Timothy Weinert (Street Justice: The Bronx/Discovery TV), Connie Castanzo (Gigi/Storm Theatre Company), and Malcolm Stephenson (The Sisters Rosensweig/Broadway).
The creative team includes scenic design by Mark Marcante, costume design by Cat Fisher, lighting design by Bruce A! Kraemer, sound design by Ian Wehrle, make-up design by Virna Smiraldi, house management by Angela Manfredonia, and stage management by Dana Robbins.
Performances take place at Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Avenue (Between 9th & 10th Street), New York City, 10003. Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased at www.smarttix.com/Event/tim447 or by calling (212) 868-4444. 10% of the box office proceeds will be donated to Physicians for Human Rights.
Thursday, March 8 @ 8:00 pm (Opening Night)
Friday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 10 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 11 @ 3:00 pm (Talkback)
Wednesday, March 14 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 15 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, March 16 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 @ 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 @ 3:00 pm (Talkback)
Wednesday, March 21 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 22 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, March 23 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 @ 3:00 & 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 25 @ 3:00 pm
More info is available at www.egoactus.com/time-stands-still.html
Donald Margulies (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter, and professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Dinner with Friends in 2000 and was a finalist twice before for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories. Margulies has been nominated and won numerous awards including his Tony Award-nominated play Time Stands Still, and the Obie Award-winning play the Model Apartment. In 2015 he was awarded the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater. His newest play, Long Lost, is being produced in 2018. He has developed numerous screenplays, teleplays and pilots for HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBS, Warner Bros., TriStar, Universal, Paramount, and MGM. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Joan Kane (Director) has directed plays nationally and internationally and is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus Theatre Company. Directing highlights include I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway, and Kafka's Belinda in Prague. Joan has also directed both Safe and What Do You Mean at 59E59 Theaters and in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where the productions received four-star reviews. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival and was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com in 2011. She has also directed plays and readings for the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, FringeNYC, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, Hudson Guild, Bleecker St Theater, Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, Samuel French Short Play Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Players Club, Lambs Club and The Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.
Ego Actus (Production Company) which is Latin for "My Way," was created by Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer in 2009. The independent theatre company is dedicated to doing art for art's sake. Both Joan and Bruce produce the productions with Joan focusing on directing and Bruce focusing on the design elements. The award-winning company has produced their work in Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Europe. Off-Broadway shows include Play Nice! at 59E59 Theaters and I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row. They presented both Safe and What Do You Mean in Planet Connections, the East to Edinburgh Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The company has produced 21 shows in ten different festivals including the Prague Fringe, United Solo Festival, and FringeArts. Ego Actus plays have been nominated for 61 awards, of which they have won 21. In addition, they have also produced 11 stand-alone shows including Equity productions at Theatre Row, Theater for a New City, Urban Stages, and the WorkShop Theater. They are affiliated with the League of Independent Theater, A.R.T/NY, and Fractured Atlas.
LungTree Productions (Production Company) was founded in 2014 by Maggie Alexander when she produced Michael Weller's Fifty Words. The company is committed to producing accessible, relevant theater, always asking, "Why this play, for this audience, at this time?" Merging social and artistic responsibility is one of their priorities and they look to support charities related to their productions. Time Stands Still is their second full scale theatre production, and first time co-producing with Ego Actus.
The name "LungTree" was conceived from the following metaphor, "Much like a tree which relies on a strong root system and the ability to absorb energy from the sun, actors thrive when they are both grounded and taking in the energy from the other artists around them. For most actors, breath is a very grounding force."
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