By: Jennifer Grzybowski
Time Stands Still was written by Donald Margulies, a celebrated Pulitzer Prize winner. The play covers a couple in an ever changing relationship and the developing social issues around them. The original production- which was fairly recent, premiering in 2009- opened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and was later nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Leading Actress.
In this play many questions are raised and answered about important social issues: relationships, journalism, and war.
Donald Margulies’ fresh and insightful voice as a writer is evident in the storytelling. “What I tried to do with this play,” Donald says, “is capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with — the issues of how to be a citizen of the world, how to show compassion, how to be involved, how to be true to yourself and your immediate loved ones,” (Time Stands Still at the Geffen Playhouse). This contemporary work easily depicts the current mental state of many American citizens, and citizens worldwide- for that matter!
It is important for Theatre to have minds like Margulies’ to hold a mirror up to nature, in a modern day context. In this ever changing world, we must continually ask the probing questions our society faces. Margulies humbles says, “I’m just trying to deal with what’s on a lot of people’s minds at this stage of the history of the world. It’s a play of ideas. Its setting is domestic, in a New York apartment, but it’s really about things that the outside world brings into that apartment,” (TSSATGP). In Shakespeare’s time we analyzed Kings and Queens, in modern day Margulies depicts a New York City apartment of journalists. Time Stands Still effortlessly raises questions about important social issues of our modern world.
Rothstein, Mervyn. “Time Stands Still at the Geffern Playhouse” Playbill.com. 14 Feb 2009. Web http://www.playbill.com/features/article/126317-Time-Stands-Still-at-the-Geffen-Playhouse 9 December 2013.
“A Snapshot of Playwright Marglies’ Work.” Theatre Works Silicon Valley. 2013. Web. http://www.theatreworks.org/media/upload/misc/enewstimestandsstill_final.pdf
9 December 2013.