Richard Dreyfuss Returns to Off-Broadway Play Trumbo, May 26

News   Richard Dreyfuss Returns to Off-Broadway Play Trumbo, May 26 Richard Dreyfuss returns to the title role in Christopher Trumbo's new work Trumbo, May 26 opposite Gordon MacDonald in the production at the Westside Theatre.

Dreyfuss is known for his roles in such films as "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Lost in Yonkers," "What About Bob?," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and his Academy Award-winning turn in "The Goodby Girl." The actor, recently seen in The Exonerated, has been in previous stageworks including Death and the Maiden and But, Seriously... Dreyfuss, who will act in All My Sons at Westport Country Playhouse this summer, reprises the role he played April 7.

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.

Bill Irwin, Aidan Quinn as well as returning stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Robbins are also scheduled to play the title role. Actors Ed Harris, Chris Cooper, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Izzard, Nathan Lane and Roy Scheider were featured in previous performances. Paul Giamatti, Michael Silver and Gordon MacDonald have alternately played the show's other role of son/narrator Christopher Trumbo. The current lineup is as follows:

  • 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
  • Quinn (Streetcar..., "Benny & Joon") - June 16 For tickets to Trumbo at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd Street, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.