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The Guys by Anne Nelson
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The Guys

$9.28 USD

Length 1 hour 25 minutes
Language English
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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.

Anne Nelson is an author and a playwright, and teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1989 Livingston Award for international reporting. Her books and articles have been published widely, and her play The Guys has been staged throughout the world. As a war correspondent in El Salvador and Guatemala from 1980 to 1983, Nelson published reports and photography in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar and Dangerous Liaisons; indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories, and Cruel Intentions; and beloved TV hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies, and Mike & Molly. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II.

Bill Irwin studied acting and graduated in theatre arts from Oberlin College, in Ohio, and from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, in Florida. Bill Irwin began his film career in 1980 and earned film credits in more than 20 movies. He’s also Tony Award–winning actor, having performed many times on Broadway. He most recently narrated Hardy Boys #7: The Secret of the Caves.

Anne Nelson is an author and a playwright, and teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1989 Livingston Award for international reporting. Her books and articles have been published widely, and her play The Guys has been staged throughout the world. As a war correspondent in El Salvador and Guatemala from 1980 to 1983, Nelson published reports and photography in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar and Dangerous Liaisons; indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories, and Cruel Intentions; and beloved TV hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies, and Mike & Molly. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II.

Bill Irwin studied acting and graduated in theatre arts from Oberlin College, in Ohio, and from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, in Florida. Bill Irwin began his film career in 1980 and earned film credits in more than 20 movies. He’s also Tony Award–winning actor, having performed many times on Broadway. He most recently narrated Hardy Boys #7: The Secret of the Caves.

Anne Nelson is an author and a playwright, and teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1989 Livingston Award for international reporting. Her books and articles have been published widely, and her play The Guys has been staged throughout the world. As a war correspondent in El Salvador and Guatemala from 1980 to 1983, Nelson published reports and photography in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar and Dangerous Liaisons; indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories, and Cruel Intentions; and beloved TV hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies, and Mike & Molly. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II.

Bill Irwin studied acting and graduated in theatre arts from Oberlin College, in Ohio, and from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, in Florida. Bill Irwin began his film career in 1980 and earned film credits in more than 20 movies. He’s also Tony Award–winning actor, having performed many times on Broadway. He most recently narrated Hardy Boys #7: The Secret of the Caves.

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Reviews

“The Guys cannot but hit home.”
—New York magazine

“A stark and simple, potent and poignant play, brimming with edgy humanity.”
—New York Post

“The Guys is not an ordinary night in the theater....What comes through is that humanity can be exalted by expression as well as the other way around.”
—The New York Times

“New York’s most cathartic theater event.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“[The Guys] goes beyond theater. It’s not just entertainment. It [is] a real, moving document.” —Robert Altman Expand reviews