Backstage Reception
Friday, September 9 at 5:30pm
Powerhouse Science Center
1333 Camino del Rio, Durango

$150, includes a ticket to the reception and The Guys showing on Saturday, September 10

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The Guys by Anne Nelson
Saturday, September 10 at 7pm
Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive, Durango

$35 General / $20 Students



Tickets for both events are available for purchase online at, by phone at 970.247.7657, or inside The Welcome Center located at 802 Main Ave in downtown Durango.

New Face Productions (NFP), a volunteer fundraising committee of the Durango Arts Center (DAC), is excited to announce a one-night only production of The Guys, starring TV and Broadway famed actors Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Saturday, September 10th at 7pm.  Tickets are $35 General and $20 for Students.  

The play revolves around two characters: a New York City Fire Department Captain, played by Lauria, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, and an editor, played by Malick, as a woman who helps him write the eulogies he must deliver at the memorial service.  Malick & Lauria have performed The Guys numerous times together in theaters across the country, and are thrilled to be reunited in this production in honor of the first responders and in support of the community of Durango, CO.  

NFP will host a premier Backstage Reception on Friday, September 9th at 5:30pm at the Powerhouse Science Center to feature catering by Durangourmet, a limited auction of notable Durango experiences and live music by local eclectic musical favorite, Hello Dollface.  Entry to the Backstage Reception is $150 per person and include a ticket to the Saturday performance of The Guys at the Community Concert Hall.  

Proceeds to benefit the Durango Arts Center and local first responders:

CO State Patrol
CO Flight for Life
Durango Fire Protection District
Durango Police Department
LaPlata County Search & Rescue
LaPlata County Sheriff
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New Face Productions is dedicated to the promotion of creative arts events to generate funds for innovative adult programming at DAC. NFP members: Christina Erteszek, Fritz Geisler, Petra Hinke, Regina Hogan, JM Jones, Tim Kapustka, Phyllis Max, Debra Parmenter, Carol Salomon, Jill Schuman, Becky Surmeier, Debbie Wright and Peggy Zemach.


Actress Wendie Malick on the “Elegiac” Beauty of the 9/11 Play ‘The Guys’

A play about a New York City Fire Department Captain who lost eight men in the World Trade Center collapse has the potential to be mournful.

But according to actress Wendie Malick, who co-stars with Dan Lauria in the off-Broadway play The Guys, it’s also filled with humor, and the honor of what she calls “the indomitable human spirit. ”  LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW.

 –An interview by Mark Duggan, KSUT Public Radio, September 8, 2016

On Stage: A tragic calling
Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria reprise “The Guys”

Wendie Malick, Dan Lauria to perform ‘The Guys’ in Durango

About the Performers

Wendie Malick is probably best known for her role as Nina Van Horn on the NBC hit “Just Shoot Me” (2 time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee). She has also starred in HBO’s “Dream On” (4 Cable Ace Awards), “Frasier”, “Hot In Cleveland” (SAG nomination and People’s Choice Award). Her film work includes “The American President”, “Adventureland”, “The Emporer’s New Groove,” “Jerome” and “Fifty Nothing.” Theatre: BURLEIGH GRIMES, NORTH SHORE FISH (Off Broadway), world premieres at Williamstown Theatre, The Geffen, Wooly Mammoth, and The Coronet.  She is currently appearing in the new CBS series “Rush Hour.”

Dan Lauria has appeared in more than 70 guest spots on episodic TV and in over 20 Movie of the Week productions. Although Dan has a few film credits as well, he is best known as the Dad on the Emmy winning TV show: “The Wonder Years.” However, Dan’s true passion is the theater, having been a part of over 60 Equity productions throughout the country. For two holiday seasons Dan was the narrator in the Broadway production of: A Christmas Story, the musical and before that Dan was on Broadway as the legendary Packer coach, Vince Lombardi for the year long run of LOMBARDI with the charming, Judith Light, directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton).

About The Guys

The Guys debuted off-Broadway at The Flea Theater on December 4, 2001; exactly 12 weeks to the day of the World Trade Center attacks.  It was directed by Jim Simpson and starred Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray.  The Flea Theater is a small but active company in Lower Manhattan whose existence was threatened by the September 11th disaster and its aftermath and, at the time, was seeking an artistic work to portray the calamity.  The Guys was the playwrighting debut for Anne Nelson, a Columbia University Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs who developed the play upon sharing her concept with Artistic Director, Simpson (the female charactor, Joan, is an autobiographical version of Nelson).  Since its debut in 2001, The Guys has been presented across the United States, and in the Czech Republic, Argentina, Japan, Italy and Poland and was made into a feature film in 2002, receiving the National Board of Review award for Excellence in Filmmaking.

Corporate Sponsors

In-Kind Support

Full List of Sponsors

Alpine Bank
Animas Capital Management
Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine
Carver Brewing Co.
Chinook Medical Gear
Coca-Cola of Durango-Farmington
Colorado Special Districts Property and Liability Pool
The Erteszek Family Fund
Four Corners OB/GYN
Alice and Eric Foultz
Molly and Gregg Martin
Jill Schuman and Larry Gross
JM Jones and JC Mohle
Katherine Leiner
Mary Nowotny
Parady Life & Annuity
Debra Parmenter and Terry Bacon
Carol Salomon and Norman Broad
Spine Colorado
Becky and John Surmeier
Think Network Technologies
TRISTAR Risk Management
Zemach Family

In-Kind Support From:

Cabbage Creative
Calvin Story Treasure Auction Services
The Leland House & Rochester Hotel
Photo Divine