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Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center

480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Important Dates
Aug 20, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
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Signature Theatre Company presents Regina Taylor's new work.


Step into the High-Tech, Futuristic World of <I>stop. reset.</I> with Ismael Cruz Cordova


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What Is the Story of stop. reset.?
Set during a blizzard in Chicago, stop. reset. centers around Alex Ames, the owner of a book publishing company who, with the advent of e-books, is hoping to bring his business into the digital age. He calls each of his employees in for an interview to find out which ones are committed to moving the company forward and which are stuck in the past. Between meetings, Mr. Ames strikes up a conversation with J, the office’s enigmatic janitor, who seems more interested in talking into his cell phone earpiece than chatting with his boss. When he discovers J is plugged into the high-tech world he wants to be a part of, Mr. Ames must decide whether to play it safe, or trade everything he knows for an unknown future.

Critics’ Reviews

Carl Lumbly is stirring as Alexander Ames, the aging, up-from-poverty patriarch. Even better is Ismael Cruz Cordova as “J,” a window washer with dreams and, it seems, a direct link not only to the World Wide Web, but to the tech future.

Review by Jeremy Gerard from Bloomberg News

Cast & Creative


  • Alex Ames
    Carl Lumbly
  • Chris
    Teagle F. Bougere
  • J
    Ismael Cruz Cordova
  • Deb
    Michi Barall
  • Tim
    Donald Sage Mackay
  • Jan
    LaTanya Richardson Jackson


  • Written and Directed by
    Regina Taylor
  • Set Designer
    Neil Patel
  • Costume Designer
    Karen Perry
  • Lighting Designer
    Lap Chi Chu
  • Sound Designer
    Robert Kaplowitz
  • Projection Designer
    Shawn Sagady

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is stop. reset. Like?
stop. reset. features an innovative and interactive set by Neil Patel with projection designs by Shawn Sagady—the walls of the book publishing office are embellished with a constantly moving stream of quotations, short films and photos. Clocking in at one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission, stop. reset. is a poetic and often abstract look at a publishing company trying to stay ahead of the  ever-changing world of technology.

Is stop. reset. Good For Kids?
No—adult language and racial slurs abound in stop. reset. Tech-savvy teens who identify with J may enjoy the production and its references to Twitter and iCloud, but see the production first to determine whether or not they are mature enough to handle the adult language.