Presented by Herstory Theater
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Hill-Stead Museum will pay tribute to first responders and all lives lost that day by hosting a production of Anne Nelson’s The Guys.
The play takes place less than two weeks after the September 11 attacks, and New Yorkers are still in shock. An editor named Joan receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. Nick and Joan discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city. As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms – and the enduring bonds of common humanity.
This production is co-produced by Herstory Theater, LLC, directed by Avon, CT resident Laura Garger, and stars Virginia Wolf (Farmington, CT) as Joan and Steve O’Brien (Simsbury, CT) as Nick.
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
Rain Date: September 9
In person tickets | $20 per person
First responders are welcome free of charge but must pre-register
Seating is limited and we strongly advise attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Any available tickets sold at the gate will be by credit card only.