MOLINE, ILLINOIS (August 31, 2021) — The Black Box Theatre located in downtown Moline is presenting ‘The Guys’ by Anne Nelson to honor the heroism of first-responders on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Based on a true story, “The Guys” follows an editor named Joan, who receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the 9/11 attack. He is 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. In the process, Nick and Joan discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city.

The Black Box production will star Jim Harris as Nick. Harris, a born-and-raised New Yorker who moved to the Quad Cities, has an especially close relationship to the day as he watched the towers fall and discovered that his publishing partner’s son had been on the 102nd floor of Tower One. Jim was last seen at the Black Box in “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” Playing Joan is Jennifer Cook Gregory. Jennifer recently completed “Guys and Dolls” at First Presbyterian Church and will appear in “Company” scheduled for October at The Black Box.  Directing and design will be by Lora Adams.

The show will run September 9, 10, 11, and 12: Thursday ($13), Friday, Saturday, 7:30PM, and Sunday at 2PM ($16). Due to new COVID-19 restrictions patrons are required to wear masks and actors will be in face-shields.

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