Joe Egg Star Eddie Izzard Plays Blacklisted Trumbo, May 5

News   Joe Egg Star Eddie Izzard Plays Blacklisted Trumbo, May 5 Eddie Izzard takes on the title role in Christopher Trumbo's new work Trumbo, May 5 opposite Michael Silver in the rotating cast production at the Westside Theatre.
Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard

Izzard currently appears in the Roundabout revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. The British actor is also known for his "Dress To Kill" HBO special and film appearances in "The Cat's Meow," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Mystery Men." 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 stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Robbins are also scheduled to play the title role. Actors Ed Harris, Chris Cooper and Alec Baldwin were featured in previous performances. Paul Giamatti and Gordon MacDonald have alternately played the show's other role of son/narrator Christopher Trumbo. The current lineup is as follows:

  • Lane (The Producers, "The Bird Cage") - May 12
  • LaPaglia (A View From the Bridge, "Empire Records") - May 19
  • Dreyfuss (Death and the Maiden, "Mr. Holland's Opus") - May 26
  • Irwin (Fool Moon, "My Blue Heaven") - June 2
  • 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.