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Memories, secrets and relationships

September 15, 2014

Time Stands StillFor its first offering of its 2014-15 Mainstage Series season, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present “Time Stands Still” by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Margulies.

Directed by faculty member Patricia Ridge, “Time Stands Still” takes place against a backdrop of the war in Iraq, though it is not a story about warfare or conflicts in faraway lands. Rather, it is an intimate portrayal of two people who document it.

“ ‘Time Stands Still’ is a story about memories, secrets and relationships,” Ridge said.

At its center is a love story of interpersonal conflict, growth and change.

Photojournalist Sarah Goodwin returns home to Brooklyn to her foreign correspondent partner, James, to recover from injuries inflicted by a roadside bomb while following the conflict.

While she recovers, they disagree about whether they will return to cover the action. She is addicted to the adrenaline rush of documenting the atrocities of war. He has had enough.

The war journalists are confronted with the task of redefining normal life, far from the thrill of battle. “Not only is this play fascinating,” she said, “but it’s also very timely.”

Performances of “Time Stands Still” take place at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb. The show runs Thursday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 28, and from Thursday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 4. Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday and the second Saturday (Oct. 4).

Tickets are $16, $13 for seniors and $8 for students.

Reservations or additional information is available by contacting the NIU School of Theatre and Dance box office at (815) 753-1600 or [email protected].