When The Past Is Still Present

It’s been a busy summer.

Soon September will be here. And with it Janus Theatre will be presenting a production of The Guys by Anne Nelson to help commemorate all the firefighters and emergency personnel that sacrificed their lives during 9/11.

We’ll be talking more about this in the coming days, but one thing is for sure – the events that happened almost nine years ago on September 11, 2001, are still relevant and continue to generate interest. 

In recent weeks, there have been a slew of stories relating to the 9/11 Health Bill and then there are the stories surrounding the proposed mosque at Ground Zero.

For us, the reason to do the play is to tell the story to as many people as possible with the hope of passing it on to future generations.  The Guys is a touching story about two people brought together by a tragedy to help make some sense of what has happened. The play is funny, touching and thoroughly honest in its attempt to talk about such a difficult subject. It’s based on a true story.

Our production will run on Labor Day weekend, September 3-5 at the Elgin Art Showcase. It features Lori Holm and Jim Pierce – two familiar faces that have worked with Janus before. We’ll also have a special art installation presented by Chicago artist George Kokines entitled “September 11.” These pieces will be on display during the performances. There will be more on all of this, so stay tuned.

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