TIME STANDS STILL
James arrives home with his life and work partner Sarah, a photojournalist who was severely injured in an explosion while working in the Middle East. A print journalist, James has psychological scars of his own and the two are back in their Brooklyn loft to heal. Their friend and publisher, Richard, comes by to lend both personal and professional support and introduce his new young girlfriend Mandy. As Sarah and James try to negotiate life outside a war zone, they also must consider what is important and how their injuries have changed them and their relationship.
"CRACKLES WITH WIT AND INTELLIGENCE"
- New York Times
- LA Times
"SMART, STYLISH, TIMELY AND LAYERED" - Associated Press
"DONALD MARGULIES WANTS YOU TO THINK, AND HE WON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER"
- New York Theatre Guide
(**Reviews from past productions**)
"Bringing this story to life has been an emotional roller coaster for us all. The questions raised and explored here are difficult and relevant; personal and universal, all at once. Having come from a war-torn country myself, I was both honored and pained to delve into the material. With “Time Stands Still,” Donald Margulies asks us to ponder the intricacies of love and friendship when confronted with the emotional perils and moral ambiguities of a life as a wartime photojournalist. With the click of a button, the horrors of war’s undeserving victims are captured; frozen in time. When we see one of those pictures in the pages of a newspaper or magazine, we may wonder if the photographer had a choice between recording or intervening to help. How do people in this line of profession, driven by high ideals and an addiction to danger, come home and reintegrate into ordinary life? Margulies takes an intimate and honest look at how those who bear witness to the atrocities of war are forever changed. He also asks us to consider those who choose to stay on the home front to lead normal and domestic lives. Where does our social and moral responsibility lie? To our lives and loved ones at home, or to those we know to be suffering in the world at large? Can we find a common ground? Just as in war, positions are never black and white. There is always a lot of gray. "
- Danka Scepanovic
CAST & CREW
This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
CLEM MCINTOSH (James/Co-Producer)
A Graduate of Bishop’s University’s Theatre program in Quebec, Clem has recently moved to Toronto from New York, where he had been a working actor for several years. He has appeared in a handful of Off-Broadway productions, most notable was his role as Stiva in an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s; Anna Karenina. On screen, he appeared as "Wellman" in the third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Co-Starred in such films as; For Closure alongside Campbell Scott, Franny with Steve Howey and Cookie with Dieter Riesle, as well as comedy sketches for Entertainment Weekly. Currently he is producing a comedy feature entitled “Ghost Team”, slated for production next spring.
Clem would like to thank Sophie Ann Rooney of Sterling Theatre, Dave Lafontaine of Unit 102, and everyone involved, for donating their time and talent so generously.
ANNE VAN LEEUWEN (Sarah/Co-Producer)
Anne received her Bachelor of Drama from Bishop’s University in 2006, and just last year, successfully navigated a year of training with New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School. In the interim, Anne has been living and working in Vancouver, BC. Some favourite roles include Connie Dayton in Come Blow Your Horn (OLT), Ann Deever in All My Sons (OLT), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Beach House Theatre); May in Fool For Love (High Horse Theatre Productions); Constance Ledbelly in Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (BU) Viola in Twelfth Night (BU).
Anne would like to thank her Mum, Dad, big bro and the rest of the family for their relentless support, her friends for their encouragement, and Nona, ever an inspiration.
SCOTT McCULLOCH (Richard)
Scott holds a BFA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Since returning from the U.S. in 2004, Scott has performed in such plays as Macbeth's Kitchen, Killing Game and Piecing Together Pauline at the Toronto Fringe, Chekhov’s Briefs: Swan Song & the Bear at the Hamilton Fringe, Kingship de Facto at SummerWorks, The Seagull for Wordsmyth/Rogue and Peasant, A Guy Named Joe for Ottawa’s Odyssey Theatre, Cookin’ with Gus for Cowpatti Theatre in Cornwall, Hamlet:LIVE at the Annex Theatre and the Dora award winning The Belle of Winnipeg for Keystone Theatre. Watch for Scott in the upcoming independent films A Brand New You, The Proposal and Blood Empires.
LINNEA CURRIE-ROBERTS (Mandy)
Linnea is so excited to be joining such a wonderfully talented group of people in Time Stands Still. Recent credits include Tam Lin and The Giant's Garden (Toronto Fringe Festival), as well as the multi-award winning portrayal of "woman singing on bike" which you might be lucky enough to catch at any time while walking through the streets of Toronto. Many thanks to her super awesome family and friends.
DANKA SCEPANOVIC (Director)
Danka is Serbian born/ North American trained actor, teacher and director. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Drake University and has trained extensively in New York, Chicago and Toronto. Danka produced and directed "Out of Gas on Lover's Leap" and “Anton in Show Business” at Sterling Studio Theatre this past summer and is thrilled to be directing Leroy Street Theatre’s production of “Time Stands Still.” She would like to thank Clem and Anne for their brave and giving hearts and Scott and Linnea for their tenderness and humor. Danka is grateful to be a part of bringing Donald Margulies’ painfully beautiful story to life.
MELISSA WRIGHT (Co-Producer/Stage Manager)
Melissa is a Toronto based theatre producer and a proud graduate of Bishop's University. Past credits include: Lady Julie (Apuka Theatre), Saving Fats (Alex McCooeye/Jesse Griffiths; The Playwright Project 2013), Short Steeps (Black Tea Theatre), The Unsatisfactory Supper (Black Tea Theatre; The Tennessee Project 2012), La Duchesse de Langeais (Apuka Theatre; Fringe Festival 2011). The biggest thank you to Leroy Street Theatre and friends & family for their ongoing support.
ERIN GEROFSKY (Costume Designer)
Erin Gerofsky is a Toronto-based set and costume designer educated at York University's Theatre Production / Design program. She recently completed a two season long stint as the Shaw Festival’s Design Assistant, during which she designed sets and costumes for the highly esteemed Neil Munroe Intern Directors Project. Erin is thrilled to be kicking off her return to Toronto as the Costume Designer for Time Stands Still. Her work can next be seen on-stage at the Next Stage Festival, where she will be remounting Rifles with Praxis Theatre, previously produced as part of the Shaw Festival Directors Project. Past credits in costume design include The Lover (Three Peasants Theatre), Zugzwang (Pedant Productions) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Theatre@York). Ever the insatiable learner, Erin is grateful for the new challenges each production brings, and the creative solutions a collaborative atmosphere creates. When she isn't designing up a storm, Erin is taking photos and blogging about them at Predictions For The Past (predictionspast.blogspot.ca).
CHRIS BRETECHER (Set Designer)
Chris Bretecher is an Art Director and Set-designer based in Toronto. Chris graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, and transitioned from architecture to production design while living in San Francisco, and is pleased to be relocated back in Canada. He is also a founding member of the Whisky & Time design team, which collaborates on designs in all areas and scales.
SIMON GREINER (Poster Design)
Simon Greiner is an Australian illustrator, animator and designer living in Brooklyn, New York. Simon has enjoyed an eclectic career, working in children's publishing, theatre and television, as well as being a regular contributor to Ampersand Magazine and Seizure. He has exhibited at The Paper Mill Gallery in Sydney and is the creator of Now That You're Big, a children's book parody that enjoyed viral success online.