HSU Theatre Presents “Time Stands Still”

February 8, 2019 Macee Hall, News Staff

(Abilene, TX)–The Hardin-Simmons Theatre Department is bringing drama to the mainstage with their rendition of “Time Stands Still.” The production will have showings at 7:30 p.m. on February 7 – 9, and at 2:30 p.m. on February 10. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for discounted admission. Students, faculty, and staff may attend for free.

Set towards the end of the Iraq War, “Time Stands Stil”l follows Sarah and James, a photojournalist and her foreign correspondent partner who live together in Brooklyn, New York. After being injured by a roadside bomb, Sarah returns home from Iraq and confronts the possibility of leading a more conventional life with James. The couple, along with their friend Richard and his much younger girlfriend, Mandy, must learn how to stay together amidst tragedy, conflict, and confusion, while the audience must face the realities of how America reports war and disaster.

The cast of Time Stands Still.
The cast of Time Stands Still.

“The strong moral dilemma here is that: is it right to just watch someone’s world fall apart just for the sake of capturing a good story to sell or to inform people? There’s not a clear-cut answer although both sides are heavily weighted,” says Robert Taylor, who plays James. “I think it’s something maybe not a lot of us think about when we see horrific pictures or when we watch a lion take down a zebra. There’s someone behind the camera and is it their job to capture life as is and sort of accept it, or is there a bigger problem with embedded journalism that says that maybe we need more people physically helping the cause at hand?”

Trey Smith, who portrays Richard, the couple’s photo editor friend, says, “I was a little nervous when I got the part because I didn’t think I knew how to play this character, but Dr. Spangler is so brilliant and knows how to stretch her students to get the right performance out of them. I think the audience will enjoy watching the relationships of the characters flex and change over the course of the show and will walk away challenged and with some new perspectives to consider.”

When asked about her experience with the production, Madison Murgia stated that “this show has definitely been a challenge for me personally. I am playing Mandy Bloom, a younger girlfriend of Richard. Presenting such an emotional show has taken a lot of work. I had to let myself learn to let go on stage, and let the character speak through me. We do these shows for the audience and to share a story. When I step in that stage, it’s not about me anymore.”

 “The show has so many themes within it and I think that’s what audience members will enjoy the most. It’s about relationships, how we grow, how our jobs affect us, what do we do and where do we go when we reach a wall? So many things are talked about and discussed, and I think audience members will be able to identify with at least one,” Taylor concludes.

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