The production, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Accent on Youth, Sight Unseen on Broadway, Brooklyn Boy, Dinner with Friends), had previously been announced to play MTC's Off-Broadway home at New York City Center – Stage I. The limited engagement will open at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) Jan. 28, 2010.
This will mark Linney's third play by Margulies at Manhattan Theatre Club. She made her Off-Broadway debut at MTC during the 1991-1992 season in John Patrick Shanley's Beggars in the House of Plenty. That same season she created the role of Grete in MTC's Off-Broadway premiere of Margulies' Sight Unseen. Twelve years later, artistic director Lynne Meadow asked her to play the lead role of Patricia in the MTC Broadway revival of Sight Unseen, directed by Daniel Sullivan, for which she received a Tony Award nomination.
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 poses in his intelligent and timely new play. James and Sarah (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."
Additional casting and the creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the shift of Time Stands Still from Stage I to the Friedman, Nightingale (previously to arrive in February 2010) will now move to the first MTC Off-Broadway slot of the season, beginning previews Oct. 15 for a Nov. 3 opening. In the coming weeks, MTC will announce one more production for New York City Center – Stage I. That announcement will complete MTC's upcoming season which will include three productions at the Friedman Theatre and three productions at New York City Center. For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.