Kate Ryan, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s “Time Stands Still,” saw an immediate connection with the four actors and their respective characters in her production of the acclaimed drama.
“From the moment they auditioned, they felt the story in their bones,” she said. “And because these actors like good writing, they took to the play immediately. The cast is just great.”
Opening March 28 and running through April 12 and kicking off Crown Point Community Theatre’s 10th season, “Time” tells the tale of Sarah Goodwin, an American photojournalist who, along with her longtime boyfriend and fellow war journalist, James, adjusts to life at home in the Big Apple after nearly being killed covering the Iraqi War.
“Time” was penned by American playwright Donald Marguiles, who received a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his “Dinner with Friends” and also won raves for works such as “Sight Unseen” and “Brooklyn Boy.” “Time” made its debut in Los Angeles in 2009 and made its way to Broadway a year later, with Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Laura Linney portraying Goodwin.
Crown Point’s production of “Time” marks the play’s regional debut.
“It’s beautifully crafted and should be done,” Ryan said. “(Sarah and James) are both pretty banged up on a lot of levels when they first get back (stateside). They’re, of course, very relieved to be home, but then the other battle begins. How do we cope with trying to move forward and make decisions as a couple … now they have to face and examine the day to day traumas of trying to connect with each other and commit to each other.”
KeriAnne Valuckis from Hobart stars as Goodwin in Crown Point’s staging of “Time” and is joined onstage by Griffith’s Hal Kilgore as James, Marc Ryser from Crown Point as her editor, Richard and Rachel Livingston from Chesterton as Richard’s girlfriend, Mandy.
“It’s a deceptively modest series of conversations among just four characters, and I have four extremely talented actors who contribute (to the play) in very different ways,” Ryan said.
Due to adult language and themes, “Time” is recommended for mature audiences.
Next up for Crown Point Community Theatre is a production of the comedy “Sordid Lives,” scheduled to open May 16.