Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Presents Donald Margulies’ ’Time Stands Still‘ Feb. 1 to March 4

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By Ann Fink

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the professional Equity company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, continues its 2017-2018 season with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ Tony-nominated drama “Time Stands Still.”

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 1 to March 4, in the MAC’s Playhouse Theatre. BTE Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard directs.

Sarah, a photo journalist injured by a roadside bomb while on assignment, is recovering in the Brooklyn apartment she shares with her foreign correspondent boyfriend, James. When they receive a visit from their photo editor friend, Richard, and his young new girlfriend, Mandy, Sarah and James are forced to re-examine their relationship, and address the ethics of journalism in a world torn by conflict and suffering. The New York Times hails the work as Margulies’ “finest play since the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Dinner With Friends’.” The Associated press calls it, “smart, stylish and timely.”

Says director Canaday Howard, “War and tragedy are a backdrop to this play, which asks how we decide how much we can flex and sacrifice for the one(s) we love, and when are we faced with not being able to flex further, because, in doing so, we’re betraying ourselves,” said Canaday Howard. “Another central issue is as media providers and consumers in a world where disasters get the most attention and mean rhetoric gets the highest hits in social media, How do we determine what is documenting events, and what is serving humanity as a witness to the truth.”

“Time Stands Still” premiered in February 2009 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and premiered on Broadway in January 2010 starring Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy, Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone.

Donald Margulies grew up a housing project built by Donald Trump's father. The playwright’s father, despite a limited income, often took his children to Manhattan to attend Broadway plays and musicals.

Margulies studied visual arts at the Pratt Institute before transferring to State University of New York to pursue a degree in playwriting. During the early 80s, he collaborated with Joseph Papp, and his first Off-Broadway play, "Found a Peanut," was produced at the Public Theatre. In 1992, Margulies' "Sight Unseen" won an Obie for Best New American Pla.and in 1993, he was elected to the Dramatists Guild Council. A prolific playwright, Margulies’ "Dinner With Friends” won him a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He had previously been nominated for a Pulitzer for “Collected Stories,” a play about a Jewish writer who is betrayed by her young disciple. Margulies has received grants from Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS), New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 

The cast for BTE’s production of “Time Stands Still” features Lisa Dawn (Sarah), Brad Lawrence (James), Kurt Naebig* (Richard) and Amanda Raudabaugh (Mandy).The production team includes Connie Canaday Howard (Director) Michael W. Moon* (Scenic Designer),Rachel Lambert (Costume Designer); Claire Chrzan (Lighting Designer), Christopher Kriz* (Sound Designer) and Vivian Knouse (Properties Designer). Stage manager is David A Loranca.

Tickets to “Time Stands Still, are $37. For tickets or more information visit atthemac.org or call (630) 942-4000.

 * Denotes BTE Ensemble Member

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