James will join a cast that includes the previously announced Emmy and Golden Globe winner Laura Linney ("John Adams," Sight Unseen at MTC) and Golden Globe nominee Alicia Silverstone (The Graduate on Broadway, "Clueless"). The production will be directed by frequent Margulies collaborator and Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Sight Unseen on Broadway, Brooklyn Boy, Dinner With Friends).
The fourth cast member and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.
Performances will play MTC's Broadway home, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 West 47th Street, starting Jan. 5, 2010, in preparation for a Jan. 28, 2010 opening night.
For playing the title role in Shrek the Musical, Brian d'Arcy James received a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. He returns to MTC after appearing in the acclaimed production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. James' other theatre credits include the Off-Broadway production of Next to Normal as well as Port Authority, The Apple Tree, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Sweet Smell of Success for which he was honored with Tony and Drama Desk nominations.
Here's how Time Stands Still is billed: "Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist (Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James), 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. This timely and intelligent play marks the fourth collaboration for Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan."
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Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.