Time Stands Still, With Linney and James as a Shell-Shocked Couple, Opens on Broadway

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Time Stands Still, the new Donald Margulies play about journalists who return home after covering war — only to investigate their own conflicted feelings about life and work — opens on Broadway Jan. 28. Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James star.
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Time Stands Still Photo by Joan Marcus

Performances of the new drama with humor by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner With Friends, began Jan. 5 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a production by Manhattan Theatre Club. The play was commission by Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, where the world premiere (with three different cast members) played. The Broadway production by MTC is produced by special arrangement with Nelle Nugent/Wendy Federman.

The Broadway production also stars Eric Bogosian (the actor and playwright known for Talk Radio and "Law & Order: CI") and Alicia Silverstone ("Clueless," "Miss Match," Broadway's The Graduate). She is the one holdover from the Geffen run of 2009.

Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof) directs the limited engagement. Tickets are now on sale through March 21.


This is the fourth collaboration for Pulitzer Prize winner Margulies (Dinner With Friends, Brooklyn Boy) and Sullivan. The play is set in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn loft apartment of James and Sarah.

According to MTC, "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."

In Time Stands Still, Bogosian (making his Broadway acting debut) plays Richard, the photo editor of photographer Sarah, played by Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Linney ("John Adams," "The Squid and the Whale," Broadway's Sight Unseen). Silverstone plays Richard's young girlfriend, Mandy. D'Arcy James starred in Broadway's Shrek and The Sweet Smell of Success, among other works.

The creative team for Time Stands Still includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Darron L. West (sound design), Peter Golub (original music) and Thomas Schall (fight direction). The production stage manager is Robert Bennett. The stage manager is Shanna Spinello.

Tony Carlin and Monica McCarthy are also part of the company.

MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is at 261 W. 47th Street. Single tickets to Time Stands Still are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the New York City metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office.

For more information on MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.


Time Stands Still, a Geffen Playhouse commission, had its world premiere Feb. 11, 2009, at the Geffen in Los Angeles, after previews from Feb. 3. That Sullivan-directed staging featured Silverstone as Mandy, Anna Gunn as Sarah, David Harbour as James and Robin Thomas as Richard.

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Time Stands Still Photo by Joan Marcus
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