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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Friday To-Do: "The Guys"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Elizabeth Reha and Terry Moore star in The Weekend Theaters production of The Guys.
  • Byron Taylor
  • Elizabeth Reha and Terry Moore star in The Weekend Theater's production of "The Guys."

7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.

There has been no shortage of creative efforts — films, books, visual art, music, theater — that have sprung from the unmitigated heartbreak of Sept. 11. Those that will most likely prove to be enduring works of art, though, will be those that center on people — on the individual stories of loss that too often are swept up in the big-picture narrative.

Journalism professor Anne Nelson wrote "The Guys" in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. She had volunteered to help a New York City fire captain write eulogies for the eight men he lost. The two-character, one-act play is based on those eulogies, and tells the story of four firefighters' lives through a series of overlapping monologues and dialogues between Jane, a journalist, and Nick, a fire captain who is overwhelmed by grief. The play has been performed all over the country, as well as overseas to glowing reviews.

The Weekend Theater's production runs through Sept. 24.

Tonight, there is a special performance of "The Guys," benefiting the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund. Admission is $25, which includes catering and refreshments. To reserve your seats, call 501-374-3761.

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