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Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's 'Trumbo' a portrait of the artist as a patriot

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Ben Werling stars as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo whose experiences during Hollywood's blacklist era are chronicled in "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted," running through May 19 at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble.

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Christopher Trumbo (Bryan Burke) recalls the impact Sen. Joe McCarthy's Communist witch hunts had on his father and their family in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted."

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Ben Werling plays Dalton Trumbo, one of The Hollywood Ten -- screenwriters, producers and directors -- cited for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify about alleged Communists in Hollywood. Werling, center, co-stars in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's revival of "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted" by Trumbo's son, Christopher Trumbo.

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Bryan Burke plays Christopher Trumbo, who used his father's letters to craft the epistolary drama "Trumbo -- Red, White & Blacklisted." The production runs through May 19 at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble.

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Not a lot happens over the course of "Trumbo-Red, White & Blacklisted" -- the two-hander about Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted screenwriter responsible for "Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," "Papillon" and "Lonely Are the Brave" -- running at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Glen Ellyn. More of a portrait than a play, this theatrical event unfolds as a series of monologues which reveal through Trumbo's own words, the convictions that led to his incarceration and the talent that made him a legend.
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    • Ben Werling stars as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo whose experiences during Hollywood's blacklist era are chronicled in “Trumbo — Red, White & Blacklisted,” running through May 19 at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble.
    • Christopher Trumbo (Bryan Burke) recalls the impact Sen. Joe McCarthy’s Communist witch hunts had on his father and their family in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s “Trumbo — Red, White & Blacklisted.”
    • Ben Werling plays Dalton Trumbo, one of The Hollywood Ten — screenwriters, producers and directors — cited for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify about alleged Communists in Hollywood. Werling, center, co-stars in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s revival of “Trumbo — Red, White & Blacklisted” by Trumbo’s son, Christopher Trumbo.
    • Bryan Burke plays Christopher Trumbo, who used his father’s letters to craft the epistolary drama “Trumbo — Red, White & Blacklisted.” The production runs through May 19 at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble.
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