Trumbo

by Christopher Trumbo

August 14 – September 12, 2004

Synopsis

The recent Off-Broadway hit about Dalton Trumbo, the legendary screenplay writer of Exodus, Spartacus, and a blacklisted member of the “Hollywood Ten”.

Dalton Trumbo, 1905 – 1976

Dalton Trumbo wrote or co-wrote dozens of feature films, including Exodus, Spartacus, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Kitty Foyle and Papillon. At the start of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, he had recently signed with MGM, one of the most lucrative screenwriting contracts in Hollywood annals, giving him a weekly salary of $3,000. He won two Academy Awards using fronts and aliases, while blacklisted – Roman Holiday and The Brave One. He wrote four novels, including The National Book Award-winning Johnny Got His Gun. Trumbo’s work continues to inspire contemporary artists as diverse as Steven Spielberg (Always was a remake of Trumbo’s A Guy Named Joe) and Metallica (their Grammy-winning “One” was based on Johnny Got His Gun. In 1947, Trumbo, along with others who became known as the Hollywood Ten, went before the HUAC and declined to answer the question, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” For his refusal, Trumbo was fired from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, imprisoned for a year, and blacklisted.

Who’s Who

The Cast

Trumbo: JOSEPH ADLER and MICHAEL PUTNEY

The Artists

Playwright: Christopher Trumbo
Director: Joseph Adler
Set: Tim Connelly
Lighting: Jeff Quinn
Music/Sound: Michael J. Hoffmann
Video Design: Dennis Diamond
Stage Manager: Michael Carroll


Trumbo

Photos: George Schiavone