Oscar Winner Chris Cooper Stars as Trumbo in Off-Broadway Play, April 21 | Playbill

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News Oscar Winner Chris Cooper Stars as Trumbo in Off-Broadway Play, April 21 Academy Award winner Chris Cooper stars as the title role in Christopher Trumbo's new work Trumbo, April 21. The production has featured a rotating cast plays at the Westside Theatre.

Cooper won his Oscar this year for his work in "Adaptation." The actor, known for his such films as "American Beauty" and "Lone Star," has appeared on Broadway in Of the Fields, Lately. Gordon MacDonald, who originated the play's other role, will play opposite Cooper as Trumbo's son.

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."

Alec Baldwin, Bob Balaban and Nathan Lane are also scheduled to play the title role. Actor Paul Giamatti previously played opposite Dreyfuss and Robbins as Trumbo's son. The aforementioned actors take on the title role for one performance each. The schedule is as follows:

  • Cooper ("Adaptation," "American Beauty") - April 21
  • Baldwin (A Streetcar Named Desire, Prelude to a Kiss) - April 28
  • Balaban (Plaza Suite, "A Mighty Wind") - May 5
  • Lane (The Producers, "The Bird Cage") - May 12
  • Robbins (The Exonerated, "Bull Durham,") - June 2
    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.

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