Sigourney Weaver and Tom Wopat Star in Special Free Performances of 9/11 Drama The Guys Sept. 6-9

By Kenneth Jones
06 Sep 2011

Tom Wopat
Tom Wopat
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Guys, playwright Anne Nelson's response to the 9/11 terror attacks on New York City, gets seen in a tenth anniversary presentation Sept. 6-9 by the Flea Theater, which premiered the two-actor drama in the months after the 2001 tragedy.

Flea artistic director Jim Simpson and actors Sigourney Weaver and Tom Wopat reprise their work in performances aimed at FDNY families, the downtown community and other guests. A limited number of public seats are available.

The Flea's special performances of The Guys play at various venues in Lower Manhattan including the Museum of Jewish Heritage (for the FDNY) and Goldman Sachs.

"The Flea could not be more honored to once again present a work that so helped and healed when it was first presented a decade ago," Flea producing director Carol Ostrow said in a statement. "We thank the FDNY and Goldman Sachs for hosting a theatrical moment of reflection as we look back at a period that so changed us all."



The Guys, according to Flea notes, "is a dialogue between a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the September 11th attack, and an editor who helps him write the eulogies as she struggles herself to come to terms with the event."

It originally played as a workshop production with Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, and its initial year-long run featured other stars, including Susan Sarandon, Anthony LaPaglia, Tim Robbins, Marlo Thomas, Stephen Lang, Amy Irving, Bill Irwin, Swoosie Kurtz and Dan Lauria. A film version starring Weaver and LaPaglia was also released in 2003 by Focus Features.

The Guys will be performed Sept. 6 at the Goldman Sachs headquarters (200 West Street) for invited guests, with a special talkback moderated by veteran television journalist Harry Smith and featuring Anne Nelson and others.

On Sept. 7 the production shifts to The Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place) for a 3 PM performance for FDNY families and the public.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will also host a special benefit performance on Sept. 8 for The FDNY Foundation, the official non-profit organization of the New York City Fire Department. The funds raised "will assist the FDNY in its mission to prevent and respond to fires, medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, protecting the lives and property of residents and visitors in New York City." The FDNY Foundation funds programs to help meet the Department's training, equipment and education needs.

A limited number of tickets are available for the 3 PM Sept. 7 performance at The Museum of Jewish Heritage. One ticket per person is available.

An additional performance will also be offered Sept. 9 at 2 PM, featuring former Bats (and original production understudies) Irene Walsh and Tim Cummings. One ticket per person is available.

To request a ticket, email theguys@theflea.org with your desired performance date, full name, email address and phone number.

For more about Off-Off-Broadway's Flea, visit theflea.org.