9/11 is a sensitive topic any time, but especially on the yearly anniversary of the tragic event. You can imagine how emotional the subject could have been on the tenth anniversary. A local high school theatre troupe was determined to honor the memory of those lost in the event and commemorate those who survived by presenting a play to the community and to local firefighters and police officers who were invited to the performance.
In the play, The Guys, Joan, an editor, helps Nick, an FDNY captain, prepare the eulogies for an unprecedented number of firefighters who died under his command that day. The play debuted off-Broadway at The Flea Theater on December 4, 2001, directed by Jim Simpson and starring Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray.
Since 2001, The Guys has been presented in 48 US states and in the Czech Republic, Argentina, Japan, Italy and Poland. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon presented it at the Edinburgh Festival. It enjoyed a commemorative rerun at the Flea Theater in 2006 on the 5th anniversary of 9/11.
Robert Vance, ARTS Owner, provided scenic, audio, and lighting design for the local production of the play. The designs were minimal, because the play was very intimate, only takes place in one location, and the focus is entirely on the two characters. However minimal, the audio and lighting added a striking, emotional final moments of the production.