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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
"The Guys" to be Presented on September 22
A Personal Drama Sparked by 9/11Teaneck, NJ (September 3, 2004)—“The Guys”—a two-character play about the personal dramas set in motion by the September 11th terrorist attacks—will be presented on Wednesday, September 22, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus.
The play is a dialogue between Nick, a New York City fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center, and Joan, an editor who helps him write their eulogies as she struggles to come to terms with the event. It deals with the uniqueness of relationships formed by public tragedy.
As Joan says of her relationship with Nick: “Nick and I weren’t supposed to meet. You couldn’t create another sequence for his life that leads to me. Or for my life that leads to him. After September 11th, all over the city, people jumped tracks.”
Journalist Anne Nelson wrote the play in nine days, based on her experience writing eulogies for New York City firefighters lost in the collapse of the Twin Towers. “The Guys” was sold out during its 13-month off-Broadway run starring Bill Murray and later adapted into a film with Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.
The production at Fairleigh Dickinson — directed by Alan Demovsky — features Joann Lamneck and Michael Gruda. Lamneck has appeared on television in “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” and “Third Watch” and in such films as “Regarding Henry,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” and “Meet Joe Black.” Gruda most recently appeared in “Acts of Age.” He also has appeared in “Prisoner” and “Search for Giaccomo” and currently is working on an independent film called “Agent.”
The play, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in the auditorium of the Edward Williams Building at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ. For more information, call 201-692-7028.