Donald Margulies

Donald Margulies (Promotional Photo / July 31, 2013)

TheaterWorks announced that it would produce Donald Margulies' topical drama Time Stands Still for the theater's 2011-12 season.

Then time stood still.

Big changes at the theater — a shift of leadership, some budgetary concerns and other factors — led to a postponement of the play, which concerns the after effects of a grueling overseas experience shared by a foreign correspondent and a photojournalist.

Happily, the play — part war play, part relationship drama — found a berth on the 2012-13 season. It runs August 9 through September 15.

Margulies (pictured) has lived in New Haven for decades. The script for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, Dinner With Friends, was workshopped at the Stamford Center for the Arts before its New York success. His 9/11-themed one-act Last Tuesday, set on a Metro-North commuter train, was world-premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in 2003. Margulies' Coney Island Christmas is becoming a seasonal staple at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, which is also staging his recent adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, retitled The Country House. Dinner With Friends will be getting a major New York revival this winter at the Roundabout Theater, directed by Pam McKinnon.

TheaterWorks' timely production of Time Stands Still is directed by Rob Ruggiero, the theater's new artistic director. The theater's at 233 Pearl Street, Hartford (

Elsewhere around the state, 'tis the time of year for Shakespeare in the Park. Shakesperience Productions ( makes Much Ado About Nothing on the Guilford Town Green from August 7 through 11, while the Elm Shakespeare Company ( assassinates Julius Caesar from August 15 through September 1 in New Haven's Edgerton Park.

So Time Stands Still is contemporary but dark, and Much Ado is light but Elizabethan. Any cutting-edge comedy to be had on a hot night in August? Try Spank!: The Fifty Shades Parody. The audacious, unauthorized, multi-styled mockery of the best-selling salacious novel has a single performance 7:30 p.m. August 1 at the Bushnell (166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford,