Richard Nagle, the academy director for the state office of fire prevention, will portray Nick. Before becoming the academy director, Nagle was a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department.
His former company, Engine Company 26, in the garment district of midtown Manhattan, lost its captain and four firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001.
"There was little I could do at the time, other than mourn their loss," Nagle said. "However, when Anne Nelson's play opened, I determined that by playing the captain, I could help to maintain the memory of those 343 brave men who were lost that day."
Nagle played the part of the captain on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the Newman Theater, in Westchester County. Since then, he has recreated the role at the national fire academy, in Emmitsburg, Md., and the state fire academy, in Montour Falls. He has also performed the play for the Massachusetts Association of Fire Chiefs, the Virginia State Fire Chiefs Association and at the Consalati Theater, in Sheffied, Mass.
Playing Joan will be WNYT news anchor and health reporter Benita Zahn. In addition to covering health issues for the local NBC affiliate, she has performed many times in theater productions at the Albany civic theater, Schenectady civic theater, Schenectady light opera, and the Park Playhouse.
The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10.
Firefighters and Capital Rep donors of $100 or more receive free admission. Seats are available by calling the box office at 445-7469.""