A Man of No Importance Star Rees Becomes Trumbo, Nov. 25-30 | Playbill

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News A Man of No Importance Star Rees Becomes Trumbo, Nov. 25-30 Roger Rees (A Man of No Importance) begins his run as the title role in Off Broadway's Trumbo, Nov. 25-30. The actor replaces Richard Dreyfuss, who ended his run Nov. 23.
Roger Rees
Roger Rees

Rees, who recently performed in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty-Terrence McNally musical A Man of No Importance, has also appeared on Broadway in Uncle Vanya, The Rehearsal, Indiscretions and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby — for which he received a Tony Award nomination. The Welsh actor is also known for television roles on "Cheers" and "The West Wing." Upcoming stars in the rotating cast include Robert Loggia (Boom Boom Room, "Jagged Edge") set to play Dec. 2-7, Christopher Lloyd (Morning's at Seven, "Taxi") performing Dec. 9-28 and Charles Durning, scheduled to run Jan. 13-18, 2004.

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.

Nathan Lane began in the Dalton Trumbo homage for this run at the Westside Theatre — where it ran earlier this year with a rotating cast of stars. The new open ended Off Broadway engagement opened began Aug. 26 and opened Sept. 4.

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 the new run of Trumbo, at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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