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Christopher Lloyd to Star in Off-Broadway Play About Ezra Pound

”Pound” is written by Sean O’Leary and directed by Kathleen Butler.

Christopher Lloyd will star in Pound off-Broadway.
Christopher Lloyd will star in Pound off-Broadway.
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Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd will star as Ezra Pound in the upcoming Broadway play Pound. The show will debut as a limited engagement for 16 performances from October 4-28 at the Lion Theatre.

Poet Ezra Pound remains one of the 20th century's most divisive literary figures. During World War II, Pound made propaganda broadcasts for Mussolini's government and, as a result, was charged with treason. However, before he could be tried, Pound was judged to be mentally unfit to stand trial and was remanded to the custody of St. Elizabeth's Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he remained from 1945 to 1958. The play captures Pound's days at St. Elizabeth's, where the 73-year-old is confronted by young psychiatrist Ann Polley. Her techniques soon become disturbing, visiting extreme guilt upon Pound for a lifetime of manipulation and abuse. Then, after reducing Pound to almost childlike vulnerability, Ann reveals her true purpose.

Christopher Lloyd has appeared in over 200 plays, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Classic Stage Company, Trumbo at the Westside Theatre, and Morning's at Seven at Lincoln Center Theater. Lloyd has also starred as iconic roles onscreen including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Taxi (1978-1983), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Addams Family (1991), and I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016).

Proud is produced by Triumvirate Artists, a company committed to utilizing the talents of theater professionals over the age of 55. Triumvirate Artists also reaches out to the aging population by bringing programs and performances to those no longer able to attend theater.