Song & Stage

‘Time Stands Still’ Opens on January 8 in Quogue

Hampton Theatre Company will present playwright Donald Margulies’s Time Stands Still beginning Thursday, January 8, at Quogue Community Hall.

The Tony-nominated drama is about the impact of covering the Iraq war on a driven photojournalist.

After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug of war between her career and the relative tranquility of domestic life with her partner, freelance journalist James Dodd. As they try to work out a way forward, Sarah is also affected in ways she did not expect by the blossoming romance and marriage of her editor, Richard Erlich, with his much younger and completely uncomplicated girlfriend, Mandy.

Citing a script that “crackles with bright wit and intelligence,” Charles Isherwood’s review in The New York Times of the first 2010 Broadway production noted that “Mr. Margulies is gifted at creating complex characters through wholly natural interaction” in this “quietly powerful drama.” In “Time Stands Still,” the Times review concluded, “the range of feeling it explores is wide and deep.”

The January 2010 Broadway production directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Laura Linney was nominated for two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Linney.

Time Stands Still marks the Hampton Theatre Company debut for all four members of the cast.

Playing the role of Sarah Goodwin will be Sandy York; James Dodd will be played by John Carlin. John L. Payne plays photo editor Richard Erlich and Kate Kenney will play the young event planner, Mandy.

Brooklyn native Donald Margulies first gained recognition for his play Found a Peanut, produced by Joseph Papp in 1983 at the Public Theatre. His 1992 play Sight Unseen won an Obie for Best New American Play and he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1997 for “Collected Stories.” His play Dinner with Friends won the Pulitzer in 2000.

Hampton Theatre Company executive director Sarah Hunnewell directs., with set design by Sean Marbury, lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski, and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.

Time Stands Still runs at the Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, from January 8 through 25, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The Hampton Theatre Company will now be offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays, Quogue and Riverhead libraries. Information about the dinner and theater packages is available on the company website, hamptontheatre.org, or through the libraries.

To reserve show tickets, visit hamptontheatre.org or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

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