Buffalo Theatre Ensemble caps its season with Christopher Trumbo’s “Trumbo – Red, White and Blacklisted," directed by ensemble member Kurt Naebig of Lombard. Opening Friday, May 3, the two-man show features fellow member Bryan Burke of Glen Ellyn as Christopher Trumbo, and Chicago’s Ben Werling as Dalton Trumbo.
All performances take place in the Building K Theatre on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Running through May 19, a preview will begin at 8 p.m. May 2.
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo, author of the classic films “Spartacus,” “Roman Holiday” and “Exodus,” refused to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was found in contempt of Congress, sent to prison, and blacklisted as one of the infamous “Hollywood Ten.”
Written as homage to his father, Christopher Trumbo’s two-man show is inspired by Dalton’s brilliant and razor-sharp letters written to family, friends, former friends and acquaintances, and sheds new light on how Dalton took on Congress, Hollywood and the Red Scare – and won.
"Positively sizzles with wit … sweet, sad and ultimately uplifting,” Variety says.
“This play is about rising above adversity for the greater good, with little regard for what the cost may be to oneself,” Naebig says. “It’s about holding onto one's core beliefs, and fighting for truth … what’s right for the country and those who live in it. I’m hoping this play gives the audience some good food for thought, even encourages a little soul-searching, and inspires some good conversations in those car rides home after the show as only theater can do.”
Other members of the design team include Westmont’s Galen G. Ramsey (set, projections, property and sound design), Aurora’s Michael W. Moon (lighting design), and Chicago’s Allison R. Amidei (costume, hair & makeup design). Jill Yetsky is stage manager.
Performances start at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $33, with $2 discounts for non-COD students and seniors age 60 and better. For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office at 630-942-4000, or purchase tickets online at www.AtTheMAC.org.
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard and Associate Artistic Director Amelia Barrett, is a professional Equity theater company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage.
The BTE's regular home base, the MAC began major renovations last year that will update the major performance spaces and improve academic program areas. Scheduled completion date is spring 2014. The project will cost $35 million.