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Shakespeare & Company Presents Time Stands Still

(Lenox, MA) - Shakespeare & Company presents Donald Margulies' Tony Award Nominee, Time Stands Still. This production will be directed by Nicole Ricciardi, who helmed last seasons critically-acclaimed production of Creditors by August Strindberg, and the 2017 sell-out 4000 Miles. Time Stands Still marks the second time the Company produces a play by Margulies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. This compelling drama runs from September 13 to October 13 in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.

"Donald Marguiles’ Time Stands Still tells the story of Sarah Goodwin, a famed war photographer," explains Director, Nicole Ricciardi. "In Sarah's work, she has mastered the ability to stop time, to freeze horrific scenes within a frame. And, in doing so, she has exacted some control over the chaotic events around her and made an impact on the world. Until she is injured and sent home. Back in NYC, in her 'normal' life with her partner James, Sarah attempts to master a similar control. As she heals, she tries to foster a need to stay comfortably in place. But the pain and drama of forging an everyday life can bring their own struggle, their own war. Particularly, when an internal drive and the wider world are calling."

This production of Time Stands Still will feature returning Shakespeare & Company actors, Caroline Calkins (Mandy Bloom), Tamara Hickey (Sarah Goodman), David Joseph (James Dodd), and Mark Zeisler (Richard Ehrlich). The production team is made up of Nicole Ricciardi (Director), Miriam Hyfler (Stage Manager), Kathleen Soltan (Assistant Stage Manager), John McDermott (Set Designer), James W. Bilnoski (Lighting Designer), Charlotte Palmer-Lane (Costume Designer), Amy Altadonna (Sound Designer), Grace Eldred (Costume Design Assistant), and Cal Murphy (makeup and Wardrobe).

"Time Stands Still is a moving and powerful love story that explores the choices we make in life, and the choices that life makes for us. It considers the need to listen to your gut, to your true calling, whatever the cost, and to bravely follow a path, however unconventional," continues Ricciardi.

Tickets for Time Stands Still range from $20 - $65 and are available online at shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company’s box office at (413) 637-3353. There is a 40% discount for Berkshire Residents and a 25% discount for active military members. For information on other discounts, visit shakespeare.org. The show runs from September 13 to October 13. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is indoors, air-conditioned, and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble St. in Lenox, Massachusetts.

“We’re honored to be able to present this particular work of Donald Margulies this year," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "This writer’s language, his nuanced views on relationships, and his perspective on staying true to one’s work resonates strongly for us. More than ever we’re reminded how critical, and how dangerous, it is for journalists to get truth from around the world out to the rest of the world.”

The Company’s 2019 Summer Season continues with current productions of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, a special workshop production of Coriolanus, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, and a one-night-only reading of Julius Caesar.

AT A GLANCE:
PRODUCTION: Time Stands Still
PLAYWRIGHT: Donald Margulies
DIRECTOR: Nicole Ricciardi
STAGE MANAGER: Miriam Hyfler
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Kathleen Soltan
SET DESIGNER: John McDermott
LIGHTING DESIGNER: James W. Bilnoski
COSTUME DESIGNER: Charlotte Palmer-Lane
SOUND DESIGNER: Amy Altadonna
COSTUME DESIGN ASSISTANT: Grace Eldred
MAKEUP AND WARDROBE: Cal Murphy
CAST MEMBERS:
MANDY BLOOM: Caroline Calkins
SARAH GOODMAN: Tamara Hickey
JAMES DODD: David Joseph
RICHARD: Mark Zeisler

SCHEDULE:
SEPTEMBER
Friday, September 13 - 7:30 pm (Preview)
Saturday, September 14 - 7:30 pm (Preview)
Sunday, September 15 - 3:00 pm (Opening)
Friday, September 20 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 22 - 3:00 pm
Friday, September 27 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 28 - 3:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 29 - 3:00 pm

OCTOBER
Friday, October 4 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 5 - 3:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 6 - 3:00 pm
Friday, October 11 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 12 - 3:00 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 13 - 3:00 pm (Closing)

Plot Summary
There are exact times when the pursuit of what is important clashes with the consequences of one's choices. In Time Stands Still we follow Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist recovering from the blast of a roadside bomb overseas, who must decide between her life's work of revealing unsettling truths about the world, and domestic comforts. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies weaves a gripping story of the cost of staying true to one's path.

About Nicole Ricciardi
Seventh season (Time Stands Still, Director) S&Co: Creditors, 4000 Miles, The Taming, The How and the Why, and Cassandra Speaks. She has directed, developed, and assisted productions at Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Flea, Primary Stages, the Drama Book Shop, Chelsea Repertory Lab, Circle East, Bushwick Arts, Central Square Theatre, Two River Theater Company, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Shadow Lawn Stage, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. She is on the faculty of The Theatre School at DePaul. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

About Donald Margulies
First season (Time Stands Still, Playwright) has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two American Theatre Critics New Play Citations, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards (for Sight Unseen and The Model Apartment), one Tony Award nomination (for Time Stands Still), one L.A. Ovation Award (for The Country House), two Dramatists’ Guild Hull– Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, five Burns Mantle Best Play citations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations (for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories), and one Pulitzer Prize (for Dinner with Friends). His other plays include Brooklyn Boy, The Loman Family Picnic, What’s Wrong with this Picture?, Found a Peanut, God of Vengeance, Coney Island Christmas and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told by Himself). Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He teaches English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

About Shakespeare & Company
Located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the leading Shakespeare festivals of the world. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 40,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to an internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.

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