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UND Theatre Arts Presents Tony Award Nominated ‘Time Stands Still’

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Article

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10-26-2011

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UND Theatre Arts Presents Tony Award Nominated ‘Time Stands Still’

Hot off the press and nominated in 2009 for a Tony award for Best Play, Time Stands Still is ultimately a ‘can they make it work’ love story amidst the background of the Iraq war. Sarah, a photojournalist, and James, a reporter, share a passion for documenting the realities of war. They both return from the Middle East with Sarah bearing the scars from a roadside bombing, and James from a mental breakdown. Nothing puts things into perspective like a near?death experience. We bear witness as they re?evaluate both their relationship and careers, in order to rebuild their lives.

Time Stands Still by Donald Marguilies opens the Theatre Arts Department season and introduces the theme of 'time' in its many variations. The photojournalist and complex woman at the center of Time Stands Still must come to terms with the time of her own life that cannot be as readily controlled as her photography. War journalist and partners, Sarah and James, confront tumultuous changes and test their commitment to each other.

Donald Margulies (born September 2, 1954) (MARG-yoo-leez) is an American playwright and a professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000 for his play, Dinner With Friends. Other notable works include Time Stands Still (2009); Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) (2007), Brooklyn Boy (2004), Sight Unseen (1991) and Collected Stories (1996), the last three of which were commissioned and originally produced by South Coast Repertory. Sight Unseen (which won a 1992 OBIE Award for Best American Play and the Dramatists' Guild/Hull-Warriner Award) and Collected Stories were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

Time Stands Still opened on Broadway on January 28, 2010 at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Friedman Theater for a limited engagement. It resumed performances on September 23, 2010 at the Cort Theater, where it ran until January 30, 2011; between its two runs, it played a total of 24 previews and 194 performances. It starred Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone (later succeeded at the Cort by Christina Ricci), and was directed by Daniel Sullivan. The play was nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Play and was selected a Burns Mantle Best Play of 2009-2010. Linney was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 2009, "Time Stands Still" had its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse [Los Angeles], which had commissioned it. Directed by Sullivan, the Geffen premiere featured Silverstone, Anna Gunn, David Harbour and Robin Thomas. Its foreign premiere took place In Stockholm in 2009, and productions are planned in many cities across the country and around the world.

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