Alec Baldwin is Next Trumbo April 28 in NYC; Bill Irwin Added to Lineup

News   Alec Baldwin is Next Trumbo April 28 in NYC; Bill Irwin Added to Lineup Alec Baldwin will perform as the title role in Christopher Trumbo's new work Trumbo, April 28 opposite Gordon MacDonald. Actor Bill Irwin has also been added to the lineup in the rotating cast production at the Westside Theatre.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin (Photo by Greg Gorman)

Baldwin, who was recently seen on Broadway in the benefit performances of Short Talks on the Universe, is known for his film work, including "Pearl Harbor," "State and Main," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Beetlejuice." Other stage credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money, Loot and Off Broadway's Prelude to a Kiss.

Irwin fills in June 2 for the previously scheduled Tim Robbins — whom will reprise the title role June 9 instead. Irwin's credits include Fool Moon, Largely New York, The Regard of Flight, and most recently Texts for Nothing. He has also appeared on the screen in the film “My Blue Heaven” and HBO's “The Laramie Project."

Culled from the letters of legendary blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo — the playwright's father — Trumbo tells the story of one of the "Hollywood Ten" who went before the House Un-American Activities Committee. After refusing to answer questions about his political affiliations, Trumbo was fired from MGM and imprisoned for a year.

Peter Askin (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sexaholix... a love story) directs the work presented by Claudia Catania and the Westside Theatre with the help of People For the American Way. The actors utilize a script-in-hand technique as employed in such other rotating cast works as The Vagina Monologues and The Guys.

The stagework's focus, Trumbo, wrote such screenplays as "The Brave One," "Exodus," "Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," and "Papillon" as well as the novel "Johnny Got His Gun." Nathan Lane, Anthony LaPaglia and returning star Richard Dreyfuss are also scheduled to play the title role. Actors Ed Harris and Chris Cooper were featured in previous performances. Paul Giamatti and Gordon MacDonald alternate in the show's other role of son/narrator Christopher Trumbo. The schedule is as follows:

 

 

  • Baldwin (A Streetcar Named Desire, Prelude to a Kiss) - April 28
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  • Izzard (Joe Egg, "Dressed To Kill") - May 5
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  • Lane (The Producers, "The Bird Cage") - May 12
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  • LaPaglia (A View From the Bridge, "Empire Records") - May 19
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  • Dreyfuss (Death and the Maiden, "Mr. Holland's Opus") - May 26
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  • Irwin (Fool Moon, "My Blue Heaven") - June 2
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  • Robbins (The Exonerated, "Bull Durham,") - June 9
    Future actors will be announced soon. For tickets to Trumbo at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd Street, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.