Stephen Lang will return to The Flea Theatre's production of The Guys by Anne Nelson Dec. 3-20, a production spokesperson confirmed. The actor will join his former co-star and previously announced Marlo Thomas for the production at downtown New York City's Flea Theatre.
Thomas — television's "That Girl" or mother to Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) on "Friends" — has appeared on the Broadway stage in The Shadow Box, Social Security and Thieves. Other credits include The Vagina Monologues, Six Degrees of Separation, and most recently Paper Doll. Thomas also created the "Free To Be...You and Me" TV specials, books and records, which was recently adapted for the stage at The Drama Dept.
Actor Lang has appeared on the Broadway stage in Wait Until Dark, The Roundabout Theatre Company's 1992 Hamlet as the great Dane, The Speed of Darkness, A Few Good Men and as Happy to Dustin Hoffman's Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. His Off-Broadway credits include Awake and Sing! and this season's 36 Views at The Public Theater.
The Guys, based on first-time playwright Anne Nelson's real experiences, is a dialogue between a fire captain — who has lost most of his men in the Sept. 11 attack — and an editor who helps him write the eulogies as she struggles herself to come to terms with the event. Both find out, "We have no idea what wonders lie hidden in the people around us." The film version of The Guys featuring former cast members Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia under the direction of Bat Theatre Company artistic director (and Weaver's husband) Jim Simpson will play an Academy Award-qualifying run in Los Angeles Dec. 13 prior to a wide theatrical release in either February or March of 2003 according to a Focus Features spokesperson.
The New York casts of The Guys have included Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Swoosie Kurtz, Amy Irving, Tom Wopat,Carol Kane, Stephen Lang, Marlo Thomas, Polly Draper, Terrence Mann, Peggy Lipton and Dan Lauria. The Los Angeles production has featured Robbins, Helen Hunt, Sarandon, Philip Baker Hall, Jeanne Tripplehorn, David Hyde Pierce, Glenne Headley, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. Robbins and Sarandon also performed the work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
For tickets to The Guys at The Flea, 41 White Street in Tribeca, call (212) 206 1515 or visit www.thebat.com. Limited $15 tickets for firemen and Port Authority workers with ID. Rush Tickets ($25) are sold on the same day, based on availability.
— by Ernio Hernandez