The Peccadillo Theater Company's off-Broadway production of Drama Desk winner Jim Brochu's Zero Hour celebrated its opening night yesterday, Wednesday, June 14. Piper Laurie directs the production, which runs at the Theatre at St. Clement's through July 9.
In Zero Hour, Brochu stars as Zero Mostel. The play traces Mostel's early days growing up on the Lower East Side as the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrant parents through his rise as a stand-up comedian. Zero Hour tracks his career from the Borscht Belt to Manhattan's most exclusive supper clubs and from the devastation of the blacklist to his greatest Broadway triumphs, most notably as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. It also looks at his love-hate relationship with Jerome Robbins.
Zero Mostel won Tony Awards for his performances in Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Rhinoceros; he was nominated for a Tony for his work in Ulysses in Nighttown. His numerous film credits include The Front, Rhinoceros, The Hot Rock, The Great Bank Robbery, The Producers, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
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