Release date: October 12, 2005
Drama about 9/11 Victims to Take Stage
Arts at ASU will present one of the first dramatic pieces about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, The Guys, Oct. 14-16 and 21-22.
The play will start at 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 16. All performances will be in the University Auditorium in the ASU Administration Building. Tickets are free for Arts at ASU subscribers and Activity Card holders, $3 for ASU students, $4 for non-ASU students and $8general admission.
The play, first performed at the Flea Theater in Downtown New York on Dec. 4, 2001, is about a New York Fire Department captain who contacts a newspaper editor for help writing the eulogies of four of his men who were killed when the World Trade Center's Twin Towers collapsed in the attacks.
The play is unique in relation to other ASU productions in that it features only two characters and that the story is revealed more through their words than through action and linear plot.
The cast of the play prepared for the production through interviews and watching tapes of newscasts that Doll recorded on Sept. 11 and the days following. Gerry Goodwin - who plays the fire captain, Nick - talked to San Angelo Fire Chief Brian Dunn and Capt. Todd Sanford and toured a San Angelo firehouse to get a feel for the jobs of firefighters and their lives.
Kasi Love - a sophomore drama major from San Angelo who plays the journalist, Joan - talked to a newspaper editor to learn how journalists must detach themselves emotionally from the stories they write.
Anne Nelson, a journalist and director of the International Program at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, wrote the play, basing it on a true story.
For more information, call 942-2146, Ext. 246. The box office is open 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 942-2000 for reservations.