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Beaver Creek Theatre Festival in full swing

Wren Wertin
Vail Daily/Melinda KruseFive New York firefighters recently visited the Vail fire station. The firefighters were in town for a fund-raiser for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project. Proceeds from Tuesday night's "The Guys" went toward the project. Part of the Beaver Creek Theater Festival, "The Guys" chronicles New York journalist Anne Nelson's own journey after the 9/11 attacks as she helped Fire Captain Nick eulogize the eight men from his crew who died when Tower One and Tower Two toppled.
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The Beaver Creek Theatre Festival opened Tuesday evening with “The Guys” at the Vilar Center and “No Demerits for Dancing” at Allie’s Cabin.

The audience count weighed in at 450 people for “The Guys” and 80 for “No Demerits.”

The five-day/15-performance festival is in its second year, and has already expanded. The overarching theme is True Stories: Real Drama, meaning all the performances are based on actual people or events – though creative license is always acceptable.



The crowd at the Vilar seemed eager for the show. Written by New York journalist Anne Nelson, it chronicles her own journey after the 9/11 attacks as she helped Fire Captain Nick eulogize the eight men from his crew who died when Tower One and Tower Two toppled.

The audience was packed with local firefighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses, in addition to five New York firefighters.



Adele Robbins, sister to actor Tim, plays Nelson’s character, Joan, and V.J. Foster plays Nick. Over the course of the one-act play, both Joan and Nick get more comfortable with each other. Sometimes they even make each other, and the audience, laugh. Both Robbins and Foster in habit their characters with authority and precision.

“We’ll do what we can,” says Joan, again and again.

Not only does the play give a sense of some of the people who gave their lives in the line of duty, but it also brings to light the helplessness so many felt after the attacks. What could a writer without carpentry skills do to help? What could anyone do? Life goes on, but how? Perhaps in the minutiae of daily living, and perhaps by bringing people together who ordinarily would never meet.



Such an opening bodes well for the festival, which includes such shows as “Drinking and Writing” by the Neo-Futurists and “Orson’s Shadow” by Steppenwolf Theatre Company

For more information on the festival, visit http://www.vvf.org or call 845-TIXS.

August 14:

Free open-air family theater, 11 a.m., Beaver Creek Plaza

“The Guys,” 7:30 p.m., Vilar Center

August 15:

Free open-air family theater, 11 a.m., Beaver Creek Plaza

“The Hand,” 4 p.m., Vilar Center

Free playwright’s preamble with Austin Pendleton, 6 p.m., May Gallery

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” 6:30 p.m., Allie’s Cabin

“Orson’s Shadow,” 7:30 p.m., Vilar Center

“Drinking and Writing,” 9 pm., Dusty Boot

August 16:

Free open-air family theater, 11 a.m., Beaver Creek Plaza

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” 6:30 p.m., Allie’s Cabin

“The Guys,” 4 p.m., Vilar Center

“Orson’s Shadow,” 7:30 p.m., Vilar Center

“Drinking and Writing,” 9 pm., Beaver Creek Chophouse

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.


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