LOS ANGELES-- Radio productions of Horton Foote's The Young Man From Atlanta and Christoper Trumbo's Additional Dialogue: An Evening With Dalton Trumbo have been announced by L.A. Theatre Works as part of its ongoing The Play's The Thing series.
Foote's play, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995, stars Shirley Knight (recreating her Tony-nominated performance), Charles Durning and Steven Weber. Performances are 8 PM on May 6-8 at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica. Tickets are $27-$33.
Christopher Trumbo is the son of the late screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was one of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten. During the McCarthy period he wrote 30 scripts under psuedonyms, winning an Oscar for The Brave One (1956) under the name of Robert Rich. In 1960, he received full credit for the screen epics Exodus and Spartacus, and thereafter on all subsequent scripts.
Additional Dialogue explores the inner workings of Hollywood through Dalton Trumbo's witty and passionate correspondence.
"I wanted to focus on the personal aspect of the blacklist," said Christopher Trumbo, a noted screenwriter in his own right. "My father's letters reveal the life of a family living day-to-day. They show how the blacklist affected our lives in a very concrete way--this is not a play about abstract principles." Hector Elizondo and Paul Winfield star; Gordon Hunt directs four performances May 27-31, also at the Doubletree Guest Suites.
All L.A. Theatre Works' performances are taped for rebroadcast on public radio station KCRW in L.A.
Student discounts and public rush are available. Call (310) 827- 0889.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent