Premiere of Margulies' Time Stands Still to Feature Gunn, Siverstone and Harbour

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10 Dec 2008

Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone

Anna Gunn, Alicia Silverstone, David Harbour and Robin Thomas will star in the world premiere Geffen Playhouse commission Time Stands Still, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies in 2009.

Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof) will direct the play, to open Feb. 11, 2009, at the Geffen's mainstage in Los Angeles.

According to Geffen notes, "Time Stands Still focuses around a longtime couple and journalistic team — she a photographer, he a reporter — who return to New York from an extended stint in the war-torn Middle East. Sarah, a headstrong visionary, must negotiate re-entry into a domestic realm she no longer recognizes."

Gunn (TV's "Deadwood," "Breaking Bad"), who plays Sarah, is an experienced theatre actress whose stage credits include The Rehearsal on Broadway as well as Hysteria and Sir Peter Hall's production of Measure for Measure in Los Angeles.

Harbour, who starred in Tom Stoppard's Coast of Utopia trilogy and garnered a Tony Award nomination for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, plays James, "a foreign correspondent whose chaotic profession threatens his personal life."



"Complicating Sarah and James' re-adjustment to domestic life is the appearance of Sarah's one-time mentor and editor Richard," played by television veteran Robin Thomas ("Damages," "Murphy Brown"), "and his new, much younger, and 'very hot' girlfriend, Mandy," played by Golden Globe nominee Alicia Silverstone ("Miss Match," "Clueless") who is returning to the Geffen stage for the third time (Boston Marriage, Speed-the-Plow).

"Casting a world premiere is a different kind of process — actors who originate a role ultimately play a part in shaping the final script," Margulies said in production notes. "I had the benefit of hearing Alicia and Anna read their parts in workshops as the play evolved. With David and Robin, I wrote the roles and then Dan and I searched to find the right actors to help bring the characters to life. I look forward to working with this exciting ensemble."

Time Stands Still is the third premiere and fourth collaboration between Margulies and Sullivan (who directed the Broadway productions of the playwright's Brooklyn Boy and Sight Unseen), and their second collaboration at the Geffen Playhouse (Dinner with Friends in 2000). Margulies' other plays at the Geffen were Collected Stories, in 1999, and the recent Los Angeles premiere of Shipwrecked! An Entertainment.

Previews begin Feb. 3, 2009, and performances continue to March 15, 2009.

The creative team includes scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer Rita Ryack, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, sound designer Jon Gottlieb, production stage manager James T. McDermott and assistant stage manager Jill Gold.

For more information visit GeffenPlayhouse.com or call (310) 208-5454, or Ticketmaster.com at (213) 480-3232.