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FV Stage Pays Tribute to First Responders

August 23, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments
Steve O’Brien and Virginia Wolf. Submitted Photo

Steve O’Brien and Virginia Wolf.
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COLLINSVILLE– On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the Farmington Valley Stage Company will pay tribute to first responders, and all lives lost that day, with their production of Anne Nelson’s The Guys.  The production opens their 2016-17 season on Sept. 9, 16, 17 at 8 pm and Sept. 11 at 2 pm.

THE GUYS

Less than two weeks after the Sept. 11 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. 

Although specifically written about events that happened following 9/11, the play is a timeless drama about the surprising truths people can discover in ordinary lives, and the connections we make with others and ourselves in times of tragedy.

“The Guys” is based on Anne Nelson’s own experience, and was commissioned by Jim Simpson of the Flea Theater after meeting Nelson at a dinner party shortly after 9/11.  The theater, situated in Tribeca, was floundering after the attack, when no one wanted to go downtown, and he was looking for a play to help resurrect it.  Together, they determined that the right play didn’t exist, that it had to be written, and when Nelson told him of her experience helping a fire captain write the eulogies for his men, he asked her to take on the job.

Written in just nine days, “The Guys” has had something of a celebrity history.  It opened at the Flea Theater on December 4, 2011, exactly twelve weeks to the day after the attack, and starred Simpson’s wife, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray; since then it has been performed around the world by celebrities such as  Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Helen Hunt, Bill Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Swoosie Kurtz, and others. The 2002 film was released by Focus features and starred Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.

Today it continues to be produced around the country and around the world.  It is often produces as a staged reading, as it was first performed at the Flea Theater, but Farmington Valley Stage Company will be presenting a fully staged production.

Nelson, an Adjunct Associate Professor Lecturer of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, explains, “One reason that people respond to this play is because they share the same emotions as Joan. You start out with this fuzzy notion of who firefighters really are and in the course of writing and hearing these eulogies, the ciphers become fleshed out into human beings. In that way, you care more and can access your emotions.”

The Farmington Valley Stage Company’s production is co-produced by Herstory Theater, LLC, directed by Avon resident Laura Garger, and stars Virginia Wolf (Farmington) as Joan, and Steve O’Brien (Simsbury) as Nick.

Tickets are $16 in advance on-line and $20 at the door. Complimentary tickets are offered to first responders at the door upon presentation of identification. The theater is located at the Canton Town Hall, 4 Market Street, Collinsville and is handicapped assessable.

Herstory Theater, founded by Virginia Wolf, focuses most often in telling the stories of little known women in history, but also takes on other projects with important stories to tell.  Learn more at www.herstorytheater.coma

The Farmington Valley Stage Company is a non-profit theater company located in the Canton Town Hall in the center of Collinsville.  Since 2012 the company has produced over two dozen productions from comedies and dramas to musical revues.  Our goal is to provide local audiences with quality, affordable live theater experiences, as well as to provide opportunities for anyone with interest in the theater to participate both on stage and/or behind the scenes.

For more information and to purchase tickets: www.FVStage.org.

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