Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (who staged the earlier world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles) directs the Broadway production, to begin Jan. 5, 2010, in preparation for a Jan. 28, 2010, opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Silverstone (Broadway's The Graduate) created the role of Mandy in the L.A. run of Time Stands Still and will re-create it for New York audiences. The 2010 MTC staging is a new production of the play by Margulies, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Dinner With Friends.
Here's how MTC characterizes Time Stands Still: "Are we supposed to deny ourselves ordinary happiness because there's misery in the world? This is one of many questions Donald Margulies (Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, Dinner With Friends) poses in his intelligent and timely new play. James and Sarah (Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney), a journalist and a photographer, have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when injuries force them to return home to New York, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Time Stands Still is a blazingly important new work about responsibility — to ourselves, to our loved ones, to our community, and to our world."
Silverstone appeared in Broadway's The Graduate and the film "Clueless." She was Golden Globe-nominated for her work in the NBC series "Miss Match." Her film credits include "The Crush," "Batman & Robin," "Beauty Shop," Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost," among others. In 1997 Silverstone produced and starred in the film "Excess Baggage," featuring Benicio del Toro and Christopher Walken, making her, then, the youngest producer of all time. Silverstone's stage work also includes David Mamet's Boston Marriage and Speed the Plow. She has long been a vocal advocate for environmental causes and was recently awarded a "Heart of Green" award by the Hearst Corporation, which recognized her pioneering work in helping "green go mainstream." Her first book, "The Kind Diet: How to Feel Great, Lose Weight, and Save the Planet," will be published by Rodale in October 2009 and "features recipes and advice which speak to the fact that, what's good for the planet is also good for the body."
Complete casting for the four-person play and the complete creative team for Time Stands Still will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about MTC and subscription opportunities for its 2009-10 season, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.