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.
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. … Continue Reading