Blacklisted Screenwriter Homage Trumbo Set to Close Off-Broadway, Jan. 18

News   Blacklisted Screenwriter Homage Trumbo Set to Close Off-Broadway, Jan. 18
 
The Off-Broadway engagement of Christopher Trumbo's new play Trumbo — an homage to his screenwriting father Dalton Trumbo — has announced a closing date of Jan. 18, 2004.

The production will have played 10 previews and 168 regular performances by the end of its new run.

Trumbo, which originally played Monday evenings only for a run March 31-June 16, continued its rotating cast structure at the Westside Theatre for its current Tuesdays-to-Sundays run, which opened Sept. 4 at the theatre.

Nathan Lane began the official run in the title role with successive stints featuring F. Murray Abraham, Brian Dennehy, Gore Vidal, Richard Dreyfuss, Roger Rees, Robert Loggia, and current star Christopher Lloyd. Upcoming performers scheduled for Trumbo include Michael Richards (Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2004), Chris Cooper (Jan. 6-11, 2004) and Charles Durning (Jan. 13-18, 2004). Gordon McDonald has played in the show's other role of Narrator/Christopher.

Christopher Trumbo, son of the work's focal character, culled the play from the letters of the legendary blacklisted screenwriter. 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 play'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." For tickets to Trumbo, at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., call (212) 239 6200 or click here.

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