Monday, February 1, 2010

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - Time Stands Still

On May 22, 2000 I photographed playwright Donald Margulies and his wife, Dr. Lynn Street, at Columbia University. Mr. Margulies had just won the Pulitzer Prize for his play, Dinner With Friends.
Time Stands Still
By Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
with Eric Bogosian, Brian d'Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone

Presented by The Manhattan Theater Club

Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist, have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. That is, until Sarah is injured.

The play opens with the couple (Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James) having just returned to their New York apartment where they are confronted with the prospect of a more conventional life. Ms. Linney, who portrays the wounded photographer, now on crutches with shrapnel wounds etched on her face, is also wrestling with her own demons. "I've built a career on the sorrows of people I cannot see. I am such a fraud.”

And like many young professional women she must confront the career/motherhood issues which are brought into focus by the cheerful domesticated couple portrayed by Alicia Silverstone and Eric Bogosian.

This timely and intelligent play marks the fourth collaboration for Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan.

The performances by the four cast members are pitch perfect.

Manhattan Theater Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theater
261 West 47th Street
Limited Engagement
Donald Margulies and his wife, Dr. Lynn Street in the lobby on opening night of Time Stands Still.
Daniel Sullivan, the Director. Previous plays that he has directed for The Manhattan Theater Club include Proof, Rabbit Hole, and Sight Unseen (by Donald Margulies). From 1981 to 1997, Mr. Sullivan served as Artistic Director of the Seattle Repertory Theater. In the NY Times' review, Charles Isherwood reported that Sullivan's direction of Times Stands Still was "flawless."
Peter Solomon, who has been MTC's Chairman of The Board for eleven years. Gil Cates, producing director of the Geffen Theater where the play was developed. Brooke Shields.
Gil Gates, Jerry Stiller, and Brooke Shields. Ms. Shields was overheard telling Mr. Stiller : "I was almost your daughter-in-law."
Donald Margulies eyes the incoming crowd. On the left is Nelle Nugent. Ms. Nugent is an independent Broadway producer of more than 60 Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End productions. She has overseen productions such as Amadeus, Morning's at Seven, The Elephant Man, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and Dracula. She is one of the co-producers of Time Stands Still. Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theater in New
Haven, Connecticut.
Playwright A.R. Gurney, who is known as Pete, with Jamie deRoy. Gurney has two plays that will be on the boards: Black Tie, which will be coming to The Flea and The Grand Manner, which will open at Lincoln Center. Ms. deRoy is an actress, record producer, and has numerous credits in theater producing. Thomas Kail, Director of In the Heights with Gilbert Parker, retired agent from William Morris.
Jill Clayburgh and her 27-year-old daughter, Lily Rabe. Ms. Rabe, following in her mother's footsteps, is an accomplished actress who will be appearing as Portia in this summer's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. Daniel Sullivan will be directing.
Adriane Lenox, whose performance in the play, Doubt, won her a Tony. Michael McKean, who just finished his Broadway run in Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts at the Music Box Theater. In Donuts, McKean played the role of a Polish-American former radical 60's hippie who owns a donut shop in downtown Chicago. Tonight he was without the beard and pony-tail, which had transformed him into the aforementioned hippie.
Curtain call: Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Alicia Silverstone, and Eric Bogosian.
Afterwards there was a party at Planet Hollywood ...
Eric Bogosian, Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, and Alicia Silverstone.
Alan and Arlene Alda. Susan Birkenhead, a well-known lyricist whose credits include Jelly's Last Jam and The Night They Raided Minsky's.
Nilo Cruz and Lynn Nottage, both of whom have won Pulitzers.

Nilo Cruz is an Cuban-American playwright who was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Anna in the Tropics. He is at work on a new production (with Spanish sub-titles) of Beauty of the Father, which will be coming to the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Nottage won a Pulitzer last year for her play, Ruined, which was produced by the Manhattan Theater Club. A previous play of hers, Intimate Apparel, won the Drama Critic's Circle award for best play. A graduate of Yale Drama School, she has won a Guggenheim and a MacArthur
"genius grant."
Alfred Uhry congratulating Lynne Meadow. Ms. Meadow is the Artistic Director of The Manhattan Theater Club. Mr. Uhry, a playwright, lyricist, and screenwriter, is best known for his play Driving Miss Daisy, which premiered in New York in 1987 and was later adapted into a film. Uhry has received a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, and several Tony Awards for his work—the only playwright to win all three awards. Playwright Katori Hall. Ms. Hall's play, The Mountaintop, has just been produced in London on the West End. It is a two-character play about Martin Luther King's last night on earth. The two characters are MLK and the chambermaid.
Director Daniel Sullivan is flanked by Barry Grove, Executive Producer of MTC, and Lynne Meadow, MTC's Artistic Director.
Martha Plimpton and her boyfriend,
Edward Owens.
Jenny Gersten and Willie Reale. Ms. Gersten is associate producer at the Public Theater.
Stephanie Keene and Josh Pearl. Ms. Keene is a social worker who works with the Legal Aid Society in the Queens Family Court House. Her boyfriend is an agent at ICM. Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole. On the heels of rumors that O'Toole is returning to Smallville comes word that her real-life husband, Michael McKean, will also be reprising his role as Perry White.
Projected on various screens on the walls of Planet Hollywood were stills from the production of Time Stands Still. Here you can see Laura Linney with Brian d'Arcy James.
Eric Bogosian is an actor and writer, and well-known for his play Talk Radio and its subsequent film version by Oliver Stone. Jerry Patch who is a dramaturge and one of the most famous in the business. Donald Margulies says he owes his success to
this man.
Playwright Alfred Uhry and his wife,
Joanna Kellogg. Mr. Uhry is working
on a play adaptation of Marie Brenner's recent non-fiction memoir about her brother, Apples
and Oranges.
Daniel Sullivan was presented with an opening night gift—a coffee table book of photographs by photojournalist James Nachtwey. Nachtwey is considered by many to be the greatest war photographer of recent decades.
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.