Brochu's Zero Hour to Play Limited Off-Broadway Run in the Fall

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Jim Brochu's one-man play, Zero Hour, will begin a limited engagement at the St. Clement's Theatre Nov. 14, according to a season announcement.
Jim Brochu
Jim Brochu

Directed by Piper Laurie, the production will play the Off-Broadway venue through Jan. 31, 2010.

Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes will produce in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company.

"Set in theatre legend Zero Mostel's painting studio on West 28th Street," press notes state, "a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile artist, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and juicy backstage lore. Mostel is remembered for his comedic genius and his definitive roles, but in the 1950's he was equally known for his place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist."

In a previous statement actor-writer Brochu said, "Zero had a great influence on my life and I was fortunate to get to know him when I was first starting out. His life was filled with great laughter, great drama and great life lessons for all of us. He considered himself primarily an artist who took acting jobs to support his painting. . . . I can think of no other person in show business who had more obstacles to overcome than Zero Mostel. He grew up poor. He survived the blacklist. A bus accident almost took his leg off. But he fought and survived, and then went on . . . to win three Tony Awards."

With partner/composer Steve Schalchlin, Jim Brochu penned the award-winning musicals The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? In addition to his theatrical work, Brochu's acting credits also include appearances on "All My Children," "Mary Hartman," "Cheers," "Wings" and "Bram and Alice." Zero Mostel was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in Ulysses in Nighttown and won Tonys for his performances in Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Rhinoceros. His other Broadway credits include The Good Soup, Good as Gold, Lunatics and Lovers, Flight Into Egypt, Beggar's Holiday, Concert Varieties, Top-Notchers, Keep 'em Laughing and Cafe Crown. His film credits include "The Front," "Mastermind," "Journey Into Fear," "Fore Play," "Rhinoceros," "Marco," "Once Upon a Scoundrel," "The Hot Rock," "The Great Bank Robbery," "The Producers," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "DuBarry Was a Lady."

Ticket information will be announced shortly.

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