Trumbo Advertising Final Weeks at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre

News   Trumbo Advertising Final Weeks at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre The Off-Broadway engagement of Christopher Trumbo's new play Trumbo — an homage to his screenwriting father Dalton Trumbo — is advertising its final weeks.

No official closing date has been posted, according to a production spokesperson. The close will hinge on what casting the show can snare in the coming weeks.

Trumbo, which originally played a Monday evening performance 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 including F. Murray Abraham, Brian Dennehy, Gore Vidal, Richard Dreyfuss, Roger Rees, Robert Loggia and current star Christopher Lloyd. Upcoming performers scheduled for Trumbo also 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 shows 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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