Gore Vidal Becomes "Blacklisted" When Scribe Replaces Lane in Trumbo, Sept. 23

News   Gore Vidal Becomes "Blacklisted" When Scribe Replaces Lane in Trumbo, Sept. 23 Author-playwright and sometime-actor Gore Vidal will assume the role of the titular blacklisted screenwriter in Christopher Trumbo's new play, Trumbo, Sept. 23-28.
Gore Vidal.
Gore Vidal. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Nathan Lane currently stars in the Dalton Trumbo homage at the Westside Theatre — where it ran earlier this year with a rotating cast of stars. The new open-ended Off-Broadway engagement began Aug. 26 and opened Sept. 4.

Vidal wrote his first novel, "Williwaw", about his experiences serving in the army during World War II. His future novels would include "The City and the Pillar" — one of the first mainstream novels to deal frankly with homosexuality, "Myra Breckenridge," "Burr" and "The Golden Age." Also a playwright, his stage work includes Visit to a Small Planet, Weekend, An Evening with Richard Nixon and The Best Man. Vidal has also acted before in the films "Gattaca," "Bob Roberts" and "With Honors".

Gordon MacDonald, who currently reprises the show's other role of Narrator/Christopher — which he played during the previous run — will continue through Vidal's stint. Lane exits Sept. 21. Other stars are expected to join the play for limited engagements.

Culled 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." Lane was among the rotating cast of actors who played the title role in the prior engagement. Actors Ed Harris, Chris Cooper, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Izzard, Tim Robbins, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Irwin and Aidan Quinn also portrayed the title character. Paul Giamatti, Michael Silver and MacDonald alternately played the show's other role.

For tickets to the new run of Trumbo, at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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