Sunday, February 01, 2015

Fresh off the critical success of the Pulitzer Prize winner Rabbit Hole, Red Turnip is capping off its second season with another heralded play from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Marguilles, Time Stands Still.

Ana Abad Santos and Nonie Buencamino headline the Manila premier of Time Stands Still.

Staying true to their promise to bring more straight plays to the metro, Red Turnip founders Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora are excited to add Time Stands Still to their growing list of productions. The first season productions, Cock and Closer, redefined the theater experience with their biting scripts and clever, innovative staging. Rabbit Hole’s quieter approach garnered acclaim for its stellar cast and astute direction.

Time Stands Still is the story of Sarah, a photojournalist who must return home with her journalist boyfriend James after sustaining injuries from war-torn Middle East. The play follows their love story as they negotiate a more ordinary life, far from the thrills of a battleground. Yet the comforts of urban domesticity — the simple pleasures and small compromises — can be a minefield of its own. Time Stands Still is a blazingly important play about responsibility — to ourselves, to our loved ones, to our community, and to our world.

Time Stands Still was a hit when it premiered on Broadway in 2009 and was brought back for a second run the very same year. It also garnered two Tony nominations — Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Laura Linney.

Ana Abad Santos and Nonie Buencamino headline the Manila premier as Sarah and James. Nor Domingo and Giannina Ocampo round out the cast as the couple’s long-time friend Richard and his much younger girlfriend Mandy.

The cast members of Time Stands Still: (L-R) Nonie Buencamino, Ana Abad Santos, Rem Zamora (director), Nor Domingo, and Giannina Ocampo.

Following up his successful directorial debut in Cock, Rem Zamora directs his second show for Red Turnip. “I’m quite excited about this one because, this time around, I will have an actual set,” he quips. “But seriously, it’s a totally different script compared to Cock, it’s powerful because it’s so quiet.”

Time Stands Still is set to open in Whitespace on January 30, 2015 and runs weekends until March 8.

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