OFFBEAT: Marian Theatre Guild ready for stage story 'The Guys'

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2014-04-13T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Marian Theatre Guild ready for stage story 'The Guys'By Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

It's one of the most anticipated Northwest Indiana regional dinner shows of 2014, when Marian Theatre Guild presents "The Guys," a story of first responders.

With a performance history dating back more than eight decades, Marian Theatre Guild in Whiting is a stage organization that has produced hundreds of plays and musicals.

Their 2014 season starts next weekend with "The Guys," about a New York City fire captain who has to deliver eulogies for many of his men who were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Paired with a former female news writer, they must spend a long afternoon together capturing the fallen men's virtues, foibles and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, Jaros said they draw on humor and the enduring bonds of common humanity. Performance dates are April 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4 and it stars Deborah Rokosz as the journalist and  Kevin Sherman as FDNY Captain Nick.

John Jaros reminds me the Marian Theatre Guild, Whiting's longest running community theater, is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Jama Kay Emerson, of Whiting, is directing this spring's production of "The Guys," and has been active with Marian Theatre Guild since she was first cast in the ensemble in their production of "Annie" in 1984.

"I have wanted to do a production of 'The Guys' ever since I first saw it done a year after Sept. 11, 2001 at Goodman Theatre in Chicago," Emerson said.

"It's a very bare-bones production, with a very big message. I think audiences will react very differently to it now, more than 10 years after this tragic event, compared to the reactions this play received just a year after the events of 2001. And this is the first production of 'The Guys' for Northwest Indiana audiences. I can’t stress enough that this is NOT only a show about 9/11. While that tragic day is the background for the show, it is really about the firemen and their families, friends, life outside the firehouse and more. While there are some very emotional moments in the production, I promise, there will be laughter, inspiration and joy."

All first responders in Lake County are invited to be guests for free. Just call the Box Office and reserve your complimentary ticket at (219) 473-7555. Shows are April 26, 27, and May 3 and 4. Saturday curtain is 8:15 p.m. and Sunday curtain is 3 p.m. Dinner/theatre packages are available for $25 on Saturdays and reservations are necessary. (Family style dinner is featured). General admission is $15 and students/senior citizens are $12.

Three and counting

This week's update for our local contestants competing in the 2014 Seattle Sutton Slim Down Challenge is for Week 12 of 15 with the latest results:

Annette Walker, 57 of Gary, STARTING WEIGHT: 235, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 29.4

Jessica Mignard, 31, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 196.6, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 39

Linda Adams, 46, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 204.8, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 18

Lon Saloman, 45, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 269, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 48.6

Maureen Anleitner, 60, of Chesterton, STARTING WEIGHT: 225, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 21.2

Michael Adams, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 247, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 39.4

Dr. Michael Perez., 46, of Munster, STARTING WEIGHT: 256, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 59

Rebekah Cowan, 50, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 181, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 29.2

Sue Kiefer, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 182, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 45.6

Tim Kreke, 62, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 264, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 12 WEEKS: 64.8

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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