Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. In the process, Nick and Joan discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city. As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms—and the enduring bonds of common humanity.
THE GUYS is based on a true story.
"[A] straight-from-the-gut beautifully written two-hander…laughter is heard as often as sobs." — CurtainUp.com.
"The kind of quiet hybrid that the situation and the times—an era of a million pithy sound bites, booming rhetoric, and the numbing repetition of the CNN loop that followed the attacks—seemed to demand…A small jewel of a play." —Chicago Tribune.
"Ms. Nelson's play…gives credible and powerful voice to a very specific kind of pain…perhaps the keenest message to emerge from THE GUYS is the assertion that writers—and actors—have a serious role to play in a grieving society." —NY Times.
"A generous, sad, touching play about the braveries of grief." --NY Post.
Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door ($12 for Alice Ferguson Foundation Members, Military, Veterans and First Responders with ID's at the door).
Refreshments are available. No outside food or Beverages allowed
Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!