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  1. The Guys - Acting Edition
    The Guys - Acting Edition
    The Guys - Acting Edition
    The Guys - Acting Edition
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  2. The Guys - Acting Edition

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First performed in a hit off-off-Broadway production, and soon to be a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia, The Guys 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.

Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out about “the guys,” powerful profiles emerge, revealing vivid personalities and the substance and meaning that lie beneath the surface of seemingly unremarkable people. As the individual talents and enthusiasms of the people within the small firehouse community are realized, we come to understand the uniqueness and value of what each person has to contribute. And Nick and Joan, two people who under normal circumstances never would have met, jump the well-defined tracks of their own lives, and so learn about themselves, about life, and about the healing power of human connection, through talking about the guys.

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Anne Nelson
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

There have been a lot of books written in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But "The Guys," by Anne Nelson, is definitely one that stands out from the pack. This is a two character play. The preface states that it "is based on a true experience."
"The Guys" tells the story of Nick, a New York City fire captain who has lost many men in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He comes to see Joan, a writer, so that she can help him write eulogies for his fallen men. As the two characters talk about the dead firefighters, Nick opens up and they create testimonies to these men.
This is a very moving work of drama. Although rooted in the events of 9/11, the play touches on issues that transcend that specific historical moment; it's about the place of a writer in society and about the potential power of words as healing tools. It's also about how extraordinary events impact ordinary people.
A director's note states that the play was commissioned in... Read more
THE GUYS is a two-character play based upon real life experiences. The characters of the play are Joan and Nick. Joan is a writer who is asked by Nick, a fire chief, to write eulogies for the men at his fire house who died on September 11th. Nick wants to honor his friends and comrades, but doesn't know how. He seeks Joan to write down on paper what he knows from memory and remembers from his heart.

THE GUYS is a short play, ninety minutes when performed, varying from monologues by Joan to scenes where she is discussing with Nick the men who died that day. The play is moving and seems to capture much of the spirit of our nation during that time. The rememberances of each of "the guys" are vivid and though are based on sketches of many real life fireman, their lives are representative of any number of Americans. The play truly is an honor to them because it illustrates what a hero really is, just an ordinary person who arises to the occassion during extraordinary... Read more
This play is fascinating on many levels - and is rich

enough to continue to wow audiences long after

September 11 sinks deeper into history.

There is a lot of truth here - richly evident in the

human element of the stories Joan and Nick

weave together at a time when stories (beyond

horror and heartbreak) were able to tell.

Joan, a writer, is introduced to Nick in the days

after September 11 because Nick has the

privilege - and the awesome responsibility -

to speak at the funerals of his men who died

in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The audience (in this case, reader) gets to know

Joan, the interviewer and more - about her

background in Oklahoma. We learn, for me

it was first hand and finally, about the magnitude

of the impact this event had on the New York

fire departments, especially in... Read more
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