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Audience responds to TIME STANDS STILL

Audience members have been e-mailing us to share their thoughts about Donald Margulies’s Time Stands Still, directed by artistic director Tracy Brigden, designed by Tony Ferrieri (scenic), Robert C. T. Steele (costumes), Ann Wrightson, (lighting), and Joe Pino (sound), and featuring Robin Abramson as Mandy, Andrew May as James, Tim McGeever as Richard, and Angela Reed as Sarah. Here are some typical responses from the past few days:

Katie A. calls the play “delightful and provocative. I mentioned the dilemma [photographing vs helping] to a professional photographer friend and he said this subject was discussed extensively in his journalism program at Point Park. The acting was wonderful; set was perfect.”

Barbara C. says Time Stands Still “was the most riveting play I have seen in several seasons. Margulies’ writing is superb in this and all four actors are perfectly cast. What a great play to open the 2011/2012 season! Please, Ms. Brigden, more, more, more like Time Stands Still. Outstanding work all around and a story that will be on my mind for a long time. Bravo to all!”

Mary Anne J. lauded “the merits of the play. I think that Margulies achieved a remarkable balance, short of preaching, in exploring the dissonance arising out of war/atrocity/disaster photography and reporting. My attention was thoroughly commanded. The dialogue rang very true to my ear and the cast was excellent and very well balanced. Hats off to Ms. Brigden.”

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City Theatre Presents ‘Time Stands Still’ by Donald Margulies

Time Stands Still

by Donald Margulies | directed by Tracy Brigden

Adventurous couple Sarah and James – a photographer and a journalist – share a passion for reporting from the world’s deadliest war zones…that is, until Sarah is seriously wounded. Her recovery thrusts her into the safe, comfortable world of New York colleagues and couples – a world that could prove more dangerous than a battlefield. The New York Times called Time Stands Still “the finest new Broadway play of the year.”

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‘Time Stands Still’ Photo Contest Assignment 6: “I cannot live without…”

YOU get to play the role of photographer –

TIME STANDS STILL PHOTO CONTEST: 

Assignment 6 “I cannot live without…”

Win free tickets to City Theatre, dinner out, and other great prizes!

TIME STANDS STILL Tells the story of Sarah, a photojournalist.  To celebrate the play and the art of photography – we want YOU to be on assignment for City Theatre and enter the TIME STANDS STILL PHOTO CONTEST.

Every week we will post a subject to Twitter, Facebook, and our blog. It’s your job to take a great photo and submit it to our Facebook wall.  It’s that simple.

This week’s photo assignment is “I cannot live without…” Here is how it works.

1) Share a photo on our Facebook wall of  something you cannot live without.

2) Caption the photo with “I cannot live without…”  Then add extra details if you so choose in the caption.

3)  Get people to like your photo because the photo with the most likes wins.

4)  City Theatre will announce the winner on Tuesday morning October 25th.

Good luck!

Click here for more details on How To Play.  If you have any questions or comments please visit us on Facebook and submit your questions there.

If you are ready to submit a photo LET’S GET STARTED.

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Time Stands Still: “these pictures are my testimony”

posted by Carlyn Aquiline, Literary Manager and Dramaturg

I mentioned in my post on Saturday about Time Stands Still—and Tracy (our artistic director, who’s directing) has been mentioning in the press—that the play’s heart is personal, about the relationship between the main character, Sarah, and her boyfriend, James. But playwright Donald Margulies was exacting in the character detail he created for Sarah as a conflict photographer and James as a war correspondent, and in certain references to how they operate in a war zone. One of the sources I came across early in my research that ended up being essential to all of us—Tracy and me during our pre-production preparation, and then the cast once they were here in residence—was a documentary film called War Photographer, about the photojournalist James Nachtwey, considered by many to be the greatest war photographer of all time. Much footage was caught by a tiny video camera attached to the top of his camera, allowing us to virtually see through his lens as he’s shooting photos in Kosovo, Jakarta, and the West Bank, among other places. In between, Nachtwey—a quiet, reserved man—speaks eloquently about the importance of his work, and the apprehensions that come along with it. On his website he says, “I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.” The theme of “witnessing” is huge in Time Stands Still, so it’s exciting that in War Photographer we get to witness the witness in action. See clips from the film, starting at this YouTube page, and exploring along the right margin for additional clips from there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3VoyjUP8hg&feature=relmfu

Nachtwey also wrote of suffering and of the conflicted feelings that many war photographers speak of in another of our key sources, an excellent book called Shooting Under Fire: The World of the War Photographer, edited by Peter Howe. In it he says:

It’s not easy to witness another human being’s suffering. There’s a deep sense of guilt—not that I caused the situation, but that I’m going to leave it. At some point, my work will be finished, and if I’m lucky, I’m going to get an airplane and leave. They’re not.

            It’s a hard thing to say, but there’s something a bit shameful about photographing another person in those circumstances. None of this is easy to deal with, but overcoming emotional hurdles is just as much part of being a photojournalist as overcoming physical obstacles. If you give in, either physically or emotionally, you won’t do anybody any good. You might as well stay home or do something else with your life.

            People understand implicitly when a journalist from the outside world shows up with a camera, it gives them a voice they wouldn’t otherwise have. To permit someone to witness and record at close range their most profound tragedies and deepest personal moments is transcendent. They’re making an appeal; they’re crying out and saying, “Look what happened to us. This is unjust. Please do something about this. If you know the difference between right and wrong, you have to do something to help us.” It’s that simple, that elemental.

            I try to connect with people in a very respectful manner, to let them know that I appreciate what they’re going through. I’m not there to threaten them. I’m not there to exploit them. I’m there to give them that voice, and I want them to understand that I feel respect for them and for what they’re experiencing.

            But it takes a toll. You carry a weight, you carry a sadness, you carry anger and guilt. And it doesn’t go away; if you have a conscience, you carry it with you, always. Sometimes I think it’s ruined my life, and other times I think it’s given my life meaning.

To hear more from James Nachtwey—and to understand why he had such an impact on the artists of our production—check out this 20-minute video where he accepts his 2007 TED Prize, shows his life’s work, and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era:

http://www.ted.com/talks/james_nachtwey_s_searing_pictures_of_war.html

And to see Nachtwey’s photos, see his website at http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/

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‘Time Stands Still’ Photo Contest Assignment 3: “The bane of my existence.”

YOU get to play the role of photographer –

TIME STANDS STILL PHOTO CONTEST: 

Assignment 3 “The bane of my existence.”


Win free tickets to City Theatre, dinner out, and other great prizes!

TIME STANDS STILL Tells the story of Sarah, a photojournalist.  To celebrate the play and the art of photography – we want YOU to be on assignment for City Theatre and enter the TIME STANDS STILL PHOTO CONTEST.

Every week we will post a subject to Twitter, Facebook, and our blog. It’s your job to take a great photo and submit it to our Facebook wall.  It’s that simple.

This week’s photo assignment is “The bane of my existence.”  Here is how it works.

1) Share a photo on our Facebook wall that represents the bane of your existence… be clever and have fun.

2) Caption the photo with “The bane of my existence….”  Then add extra details if you so choose in the caption.

3)  Get people to like your photo because the photo with the most likes wins.

4)  City Theatre will announce the winner on Tuesday morning October 4th.

Good luck!

Click here for more details on How To Play.  If you have any questions or comments please visit us on Facebook and submit your questions there.

If you are ready to submit a photo LET’S GET STARTED.

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‘Time Stands Still’ Photo Contest: Assignment 2 “That is so Pittsburgh.”

YOU get to play the role of photographer –

TIME STANDS STILL PHOTO CONTEST: 

 Assignment 2 “That is so Pittsburgh.”


Win free tickets to City Theatre, dinner out, and other great prizes!

TIME STANDS STILL Tells the story of Sarah, a photojournalist.  To celebrate the play and the art of photography – we want YOU to be on assignment for City Theatre and enter the TIME STANDS STILL PHOTO CONTEST.

Every week we will post a subject to Twitter, Facebook, and our blog. It’s your job to take a great photo and submit it to our Facebook wall.  It’s that simple.

This week’s photo assignment is “That is so Pittsburgh.”  Here is how it works.

1) Share a photo on our Facebook wall that you think embodies the attitude, mindset, and spirit of Pittsburgh.

2) Caption the photo with “That is so Pittsburgh.”

3)  Get people to like your photo because the photo with the most likes wins.

4)  City Theatre will announce the winner on Tuesday morning September 27th.

Good luck!

Click here for more details on How To Play.  If you have any questions or comments please visit us on Facebook and submit your questions there.

If you are ready to submit a photo LET’S GET STARTED.

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‘Time Stands Still’ Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Dustin Wickett for winning the first assignment of our Time Stands Still photo contest.

In honor of City Theatres’ first play of the season Time Stands Still, the story of Sarah a photojournalist, we asked our Facebook fans to go on assignment.  The first assignment was “how I wake up” and  our fans responded with great photos and captions, but Dustin’s chickens sealed the deal.  Thank you to everyone who participated… but that’s not all folks we have more assignments.  Click here for your second assignment and a chance to win more great prizes.

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