After years documenting the horrors of the Iraq war, Photojournalist Sarah and Foreign correspondent James' relationship is tested when they return home to New York. How does each partner grapple with the stamp of images and horrors on their psyche? What was accomplished and what was sacrificed by their efforts? As spectators, how do we reconcile our comfort and security against conflict and suffering thousands of miles away? What about the suffering in our own community? Are we daunted by the enormity of the pain or motivated to provide relief?
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Brendan Lesti is excited to make his debut with Upstage Napa Valley. Brendan was Theatre Arts Major at San Francisco State University and was an active cast member in the Brown Bag Theatre Group in San Francisco. His previous rolls in San Francisco included Greg in Sylvia, Baptista in Shakespere’s The Taming of a Shrew, and a cast member in a comedic musical improve group. He also had a role as a lawyer in Dead Man Walking at the Napa Valley College. He is grateful for the support from everyone in attendance and wanted to give a special thanks to his Wife Breanna, Son Eliot and Daughter Cora for their love and support!
Danielle has been a principal player with Upstage Napa Valley since 2014. Her favorite credits include “Mary” (The Language Archives), “Ayelet” (Handle With Care), and “Jackie” (Mauritius) among others. Danielle’s day job as a traveling massage therapist is her other passion. She’s excited to be a part of this production and is forever thankful to Sharie for believing in her and pushing her to be the best she can be.
Fred Ireland is a long standing member of the UpStage actor's ensemble. This is his 12th show. His most current roles were Greg, in Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, and a reverend in The Happy Ones by Julia Marie Myatt. His most memorable role was from the The Guys by Anne Nelson, where he played a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Fred delivers bread for Boudin Bakery in the wee hours of the night, enjoys playing golf and rooting for the 49ers.
Rhonda Bowen is delighted and honored to join this wonderful cast in Time Stands Still. Most recently, she played Pat in Hardball (Valley Players, Lincoln Arts Center); also appearing in 2019 as Barbara Hanesford in The Fitting Room (Onstage Theatre at Martinez Campbell Theatre), Barbara Stratton in the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy Farce of Habit (VP), as well as Gertrude Ratliff in The Old Friends (VP) the previous year. Rhonda majored in Theatre Arts (Acting and Design) at Santa Rosa Junior College and interned at Santa Rosa’s acclaimed Summer Repertory Theatre, then earning a B.A. in Architecture at UC Berkeley. Past acting credits include Night Watch, Hay Fever, Lysistrata, They’re Playing Our Song, Cabaret, The Boyfriend, and Play it Again Sam, among others. This is her first production with Upstage Napa Valley.
What do we choose to do when we see images of atrocities on the world stage? Do we choose to feel, empathize and take action to prevent these from continuing or do we become desensitized and turn a blind eye?
For example, I recently attended an intense workshop on zero waste, which prompted to step up my recycling efforts. The first day in the grocery store after, I experienced an overwhelming dread at the amount of plastic packaging that was encasing almost everything in the store. In the past I had randomly selected these items and dropped them in my cart with little regard for the third-world countries that would receive waste shipments of this very same plastic. In these poor countries, it is often the children who have the job of burning these heaps of plastics, which are highly toxic to them, as well as well as polluting the region’s air.
The play, “Time Stands Still” examines Sarah’s call as a photo journalist. She is willing to go into life-threatening, war-torn countries and capture images for the media in the hopes that the viewers’ response will be to feel and take action.