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.
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 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." After refusing to answer questions about his political affiliations, Trumbo was fired from MGM and imprisoned for a year.
The aforementioned actors will take on the title role for one performance each, playing opposite a second actor as Trumbo's son to be announced. The actors, predominantly known for their film work, are scheduled as follows: Harris (Precious Sons, Taking Sides, "A Beautiful Mind," "Pollack") - March 31, Dreyfuss (Death and the Maiden, The Exonerated "Mr. Holland's Opus") - April 7, Robbins (The Exonerated, The Guys "Bull Durham," "The Shawshank Redemption") - April 14 and Cooper (Of the Fields, Lately "Adaptation," "American Beauty") - April 21. Future actors will be announced soon.
For tickets to Trumbo at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd Street, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.