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South Carolina Repertory Company opens 20th season with "Time Stands Still"

The South Carolina Repertory Company will start its milestone 20th season with one of the most successful Broadway shows of 2010.

The show "Time Stands Still" follows a combat photographer as she deals with physical and emotional trauma after covering the Iraq War.

"It's an intriguing play about the challenges of covering difficult subjects as a photojournalist," said Chip Egan, director and scene designer of the local production.

"Time Stands Still" is the beginning of the six-play season for the company.

"One of the hallmarks of the South Carolina Repertory Company is that the audience, the year-round residents of Hilton Head Island, love to see new plays," Egan said. "They love to see theater they are not familiar with. They are very dedicated and very intelligent. This play is precisely the kind of theater that they have, over the years, tended to enjoy. They're a demanding audience so they like to see theater that's extremely well done, and they like to see theater that has depth and asks important and interesting and current questions. And this play does all of that."

"Time Stands Still" is inspired by the stories of real photojournalists who have had to cover human tragedy and combat. It was nominated for the Tony Awards in 2010 for Best Play. The show premiered in Los Angeles in 2009 and had a run on Broadway through most of 2010. It closed in January.

Egan said despite the subject matter, the show is an entertaining story that's "part love story, part docu-drama."

"It's got lots of humor and a compelling story," he said. "It's a good choice for evening entertainment even though the subject matter is kind of dark."

To commemorate its 20th season, the South Carolina Repertory Company has expanded its season, adding more performances and larger, fully realized productions, according to associate producer Blake White.

"It is certainly our biggest season ever and the most exciting season I've been a part of in the five years I've been here," White said. "We've got an amazing group of directors, amazing group of actors and amazing material to work with."

IF YOU GO

WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 19-22, 26-29 and Nov. 1-5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6. Opening night reception after Oct. 20 show. Talkbacks after Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 shows.

WHERE: South Carolina Repertory Company, 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island.

COST: $30; $28 for seniors; $15 for students and military

DETAILS: 843-342-2057, www.hiltonheadtheatre.com

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