by Robert Bell
Journalism professor Anne Nelson wrote "The Guys" in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. She had volunteered to help a New York City fire captain write eulogies for the eight men he lost. The two-character, one-act play is based on those eulogies, and tells the story of four firefighters' lives through a series of overlapping monologues and dialogues between Jane, a journalist, and Nick, a fire captain who is overwhelmed by grief. The play has been performed all over the country, as well as overseas to glowing reviews.
The Weekend Theater's production runs through Sept. 24.
Tonight, there is a special performance of "The Guys," benefiting the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund. Admission is $25, which includes catering and refreshments. To reserve your seats, call 501-374-3761.