GLEN ELLYN – Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard hopes the ensemble's production of "Time Stands Still" will leave audience members with more questions than answers.
The production centers around the relationship between Sarah Goodwin and James Dodd, a photographer and a journalist, who are war correspondents and a real-life couple. After being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Sarah returns to Brooklyn to recover.
"Any good play I don't think answers questions, I think it raises questions for audiences to ponder," said Howard, chairwoman of the College of DuPage Theater Department and director of the production. "'Time Stands Still' maybe frames those questions in a different way than some of us think about on a daily basis, everything from our interaction in conflict worldwide, as peacekeepers or whatever, to the media and the rest of the world's reaction to media and news coverage."
"Time Stands Still" will continue through March 4 at McAninch Arts Center's Playhouse Theatre at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets are available at atthemac.org or the box office at 630-942-4000.
"Time Stands Still," written by Donald Margulies, first opened in 2009, and it was nominated for two Tony awards for best play and best performance by a leading actress in a play for Laura Linne. More than anything, Howard said she believes "Time Stands Still" is about love.
"All of us love people in different ways," she said. "How do we honor the people that we love and really honor our relationship with them and not lose ourself if our needs are in conflict? It's just a really smart and touching and funny play."
She praised the work of the play's four-member cast.
"This is a strong production, in my opinion," Howard said. "And I'm not saying that because of me, I'm saying that about everybody in the project. It was a really wonderful group."
As a director, she likes bringing people together.
"As part of the mission of [Buffalo Theatre Ensemble], we believe that theater is a celebration of human interaction," Howard said. "And I like conceptualizing it and working with the designers and actors to bring to life a piece and the message of the piece, whatever that piece is."
This is Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's second season after returning in fall 2016 as a resident theater company at the College of DuPage. The group, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit equity theater group featuring professional actors.
Audiences have been receptive to the return of the ensemble, Howard said.
"It's been great," she said. "We met all of our goals last year in terms of audience size, and we were fortunate enough to receive some grants last year and this year. The community and the college have embraced us. Things are going really, really well, but we're working hard all the time to make sure that continues. We're very happy with where we are, but we're not resting on laurels or anything like that."
If you go
WHAT: Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's "Time Stands Still"
WHEN: through March 4
WHERE: McAninch Arts Center's Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
COST: $37 for adults, $35 for seniors and youths