Christopher Trumbo's Trumbo will play the theatre's mainstage Feb. 14-24, 2008, with an official opening Feb. 16. Julianne Boyd, the artistic director of the Barrington, will helm the production. Christopher Trumbo's work is an homage to his father, the legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who penned "Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," "Exodus," "Papillion" and "Johnny Got His Gun." The play, according to press notes, is set in 1947 when Dalton Trumbo "stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee and was thrown into prison and blacklisted as one of the infamous 'Hollywood Ten.' . . . [It is a] fascinating, funny, yet chilling retelling of one man's struggle to defend his freedom, his family and his livelihood during the McCarthy era."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife will play the Barrington's Stage II space May 21-June 8. Andrew Volkoff will direct Doug Wright's work, which "tells the true story of East German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who incredibly eluded both the Nazis and the Communists with a combination of cleverness and deceit."
No casting has been announced for either production.
In a statement Barrington artistic director Boyd said, "We were thrilled with the response to our first full season in Pittsfield this past year, with audience and box office revenue more than doubling from last season. Our commitment to presenting year-round theatre has now become a reality with productions slated for February and May."
The Barrington Stage Company is located at 30 Union Street in Pittsfield, MA. Tickets for Trumbo are now on sale by calling (413) 236-8888 or by visiting www.barringtonstageco.org. I Am My Own Wife tickets will go on sale Feb. 14.