Trumbo Continues Off-Broadway with Bill Irwin as Blacklisted Scribe, June 2

News   Trumbo Continues Off-Broadway with Bill Irwin as Blacklisted Scribe, June 2 Bill Irwin plays the title role in Christopher Trumbo's new work Trumbo opposite Gordon MacDonald in the rotating cast production at the Westside Theatre, June 2.

Irwin was recently announced as the subject of Signature Theatre Company's 2003-2004 season. Among his credits are Fool Moon, Largely New York, The Regard of Flight, and, most recently, Texts for Nothing. The actor who recently appeared in The Goat and The Guys has also appeared on the screen in the film “My Blue Heaven” and HBO's “The Laramie Project."

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.

Aidan Quinn and returning star Tim Robbins are also scheduled to play the title role. Actors Ed Harris, Chris Cooper, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Izzard, Nathan Lane, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss 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:

  • 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.