Time Stands Still

By Donald Margulies

Directed by Summer Bohnenkamp

Jul. 8 – 31, 2016

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Preview Performances: Jul. 6 – 7 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $14

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

True callings and genuine love. It’s complicated.

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies (Dinner with Friends, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Sight Unseen, The Model Apartment) comes a moving and often hilarious story of morality, relationships, mid-life crises, and the bonds of friendship.

Widely hailed as one of the best Broadway plays of the past ten years, Time Stands Still tells the story of James and Sarah, a journalist and a photographer, who have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq that has left her scarred, Sarah, a photojournalist, finds herself caught in a tug-of-war between her exhilarating career and the contentment of domestic life.

Returning home into the care of her long-time boyfriend James (whose scars are psychological), Sarah is caught off guard by his desire for the simple family life pursued by Richard, their editor, and his much younger girlfriend Mandy. Time Stands Still is a blazingly important new work about responsibility – to ourselves, to our loved ones, to our community, and to our world.

Time Stands Still focuses on Sarah and James, a war photojournalist and her foreign correspondent boyfriend, who are trying to find happiness after their return from Iraq in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

About The Playwright

Donald Margulies has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two American Theatre Critics New Play Citations, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards, one Tony Award nomination (for Time Stands Still), one L.A. Ovation Award, two Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, five Burns Mantle Best Play citations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, and one Pulitzer Prize (Dinner with Friends). His work has been produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre and Theatre for the New City; at theaters across America including South Coast Repertory, the Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Long Wharf Theatre; and in theaters around the world.

Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature, and he was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright and the 2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater American Playwright in Mid-Career Award. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

David M. Jenkins and Joanna Sycz in Jobsite's Time Stands Still. (Photo: Pritchard Photography.)


Seeing the Other: how the West sees the East through cultural products and the media

Jul. 17

Though Time Stands Still is at its core a love story, the play brings up many critiques of how Western news and art packages and presents the Arab-Islamic world, as well as all non-Anglo-Americans. How are we duped by such representations, and what are those narratives trying to tell us? How might we resist and subvert them to allow for other possibilities? How can we hold ourselves and each other more accountable? Informed by Postcolonial scholarship like Edward Said’s Orientalism, Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins, PhD, will lead a discussion using the play as a jumping off point to discuss how these themes impact us daily on a panel that includes the creative team of the show with Laila Abdelaziz, Muaaz Hassan, and Katherine Heffner from CAIR Florida.


News, Art, and Ethics: the problem of representation in a culture of instant gratification

Jul. 24

In an interview with Ariel Ramchandani, playwright Donald Margulies says though this is first and foremost a story about relationships that this play “questions, among many other things, how we represent and digest unimaginable events, whether in photography, in writing, or in popular culture.” Sarah claims that she does an important job, that without her photographs many may not know or comprehend human tragedies around the world. Alternately, her boyfriend James attacks the theater for being nothing more than preaching to the choir, a way to assuage liberal guilt. Tampa Bay Times writers Susan Taylor Martin (senior foreign correspondent from 1997 to 2011, covering wars in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan) and Ben Montgomery (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his series “For Their Own Good” about the Dozier School) join with the cast and members of the creative team. Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins (also James in the show) holds a PhD in Performance Studies, and his research always seems to come back to the complex problems of representation.
Susan Taylor Martin
Ben Montgomery


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Cast & Crew

  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Director
  • Vivian E. Rodriguez – Production Stage Manager


  • David M. Jenkins – James
  • Maggie Phillips – Mandy
  • Brian Shea – Richard
  • Joanna Sycz – Sarah


  • Rylee Starr Cherry – Special Effects Makeup
  • Camryn Herr – Special Effects Makeup
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Matthew Ray – Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic & Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the show, we’ve had a very good run. Sorry that the music was not to your taste! Hope to see you back at the theater in the coming season!

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