New York City's Bat Theatre Company has been shuffling film stars for the cast of its hit show, The Guys, which ends another leg of its run — now with Susan Sarandon and Bill Irwin — March 14 in downtown Manhattan, but the 9/11 inspired drama will begin anew April 2 for an open-ended engagement.
No cast has been set as of yet, but Bat company spokesperson Erik Sniedze told Playbill On-Line March 13 the troupe, performing at The Flea Theatre near Ground Zero, will likely continue casting the play with stars.
The Guys was workshopped at the Bat Theatre Company in Tribeca in December 2001 and returned Jan. 17-26 with Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver. Bill Irwin took over Murray's role Jan. 29-Feb. 9, and played opposite Weaver. The production reopened Feb. 18-March 14 for another run with stage and screen star Anthony LaPaglia playing opposite Susan Sarandon. Irwin once again took over the male role for the final week of performances.
At one point Gerry Bamman (Nixon's Nixon) was announced to step in, but when LaPaglia's film-shooting schedule freed up, Bamman was nixed.
The world premiere play by Anne Nelson was commissioned by The Bat in response to the events of Sept. 11. The Guys 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. (The Bat was among the New York City theatres hardest hit by the aftermath of Sept. 11. The company is located in the Flea Theatre on White Street in Tribeca, just blocks from Ground Zero.)
Bat artistic director Jim Simpson helms the work. Costumes are by Claudia Brown, set and lights are by Kyle Chepulis.
The Flea is at 41 White Street in Tribeca. Tickets are $55. Limited $15 tickets for fireman and Port Authority workers with ID. Rush Tickets ($25) are sold on the same day, based on availability. For reservations, call (212) 206-1515 or visit www.thebat.com.