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The ebullient, mercurial star of stage and screen Zero Mostel (best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in The Producers) once said that the freedom of any society is directly proportional to the volume of its laughter. In this one-man tour de force that's won "Best Play" honors from coast to coast, Jim Brochu shares the story of a man who, in the shadow of McCarthyism, had the courage to stand up and tell a joke. With an inquiring New York Times reporter at the door, Mostel is forced to confront his bitterness about being blacklisted and must decide whether to go back and work with the legendary director who named names (including his) before Congress. Kicking off Theater J's season of resilient, iconoclastic truth-tellers who mince no words, this timely study reintroduces audiences to a larger than life talent whose penchant for candor and moral outrage have been sorely missed.

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