Time Stands Still

Monday, March 16, At 7:30 P.M.

By Donald Margulies
Directed by Dana Case


Here are Sarah and James: she’s a photographer, he’s a reporter, and they’re both war junkies. Like moths to a flame, they are drawn to conflict, carnage and catastrophe. While sane people run the other way from the shooting and explosions, trying to get away as fast as possible, they run toward the gunfire and bombs, and it isn’t just because it’s their job. Or they used to run – now they’re back home in Brooklyn, scarred physically and figuratively by the war in Iraq. He’s had a breakdown, she nearly died in a roadside bombing. Tensely debating ‘where-do-we-go-from-here,’ they find themselves not just professionally but personally at the proverbial crossroads.

Observing, lending an ear and a different POV, are their pal and editor, Richard, and his perky (and half his age) girlfriend, Mandy. As James and Sarah’s work decisions and domestic dilemmas spill out, other issues frame their choices: are reporters, especially war journalists, doing saintly work or just building their resumes? Are global conflicts everyone’s problem? Which is more important for a woman – being a mom or having a career? Like good reporters, they have gathered the facts, taken the pictures, but can’t figure out where this story is going.

Writing with his usual wit, intelligence and humor, playwright Margulies creates dialogue that rings true, be it the seasoned cynicism of Richard, the editor, or the sweet and simple sensibility of young Mandy. And then there’s Sarah’s sarcasm born from impatience and teenage resentments and James reservoir of professional envy combined with the impossible-to-heal wounds of a good man who’s seen too many very bad things.

Donald Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his play Dinner with Friends, and also wrote The Loman Family Picnic, which was produced by Carlsbad Playreaders in March, 2013. Dana Case holds a MFA from Cornell University, and has directed many productions at Palomar College where she teaches drama, at New Village Arts and at Moonlight at the AVO.

Tony Award nominee for Best Play 2010

Outer Critics Circle nominee Outstanding New Play 2010

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