by Jim Brochu
directed by Piper Laurie
June 2nd - July 9th, 2017
Theatre at St. Clements
423 West 46th Street
(between Ninth and Tenth Avenues)
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Off-Broadway’s Acclaimed Smash Hit
ZERO HOUR Starring Drama Desk Award-Winner Jim Brochu
Returns to The Theatre at St. Clement’s
Begins June 2nd
Opening Night Set for June 14th
ZERO HOUR, Jim Brochu’s acclaimed play about the life of theatre legend Zero Mostel, will return to its original home, the Theatre at Saint Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) for a limited engagement beginning June 2nd and continuing through July 9th only! Opening Night is set for Wednesday June 14th (7pm). The performance runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
For his performance in ZERO HOUR, Jim Brochu was honored with 2010 Drama Desk Award as well as Helen Hayes (Washington DC), Carbonell (Florida) and Ovation (LA) Awards.
Three-time Academy Award nominee Piper Laurie directs ZERO HOUR, which is set at Zero Mostel’s West 28th Street painting studio where a naive reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile actor, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and juicy backstage lore. It is July 1977 and the actor is giving his final interview before leaving for the pre-Broadway tryout of The Merchant in Philadelphia. Mostel only played one performance as Shylock before his sudden death at the age of 62.
ZERO HOUR 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, 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 and working through his love-hate relationship with Jerome Robbins.
"Singularly captivating... Zero Hour is a success... Brochu is the spitting image of the bearish Mostel, down to the strands of hair barely covering his head. It brings Mostel back to life, just the way his fans want him."
–The New York Times
"Very funny! Brochu's living restoration has brought Mostel's larger-than-life personality back into the spotlight for a laugh-filled, much-welcomed presentation."
– Associated Press
"Plenty of big laughs as well as hushed drama."
– New Yorker
"Frequently funny and always engaging, Brochu evokes the kind of prickle on the back of the neck usually delivered by David Lynch movies."
"This is acting on a grand scale, full of blood and guts and glory. You must see this show!"
– Toronto Star
"**** FOUR STARS! An extraordinary act of reincarnation that restores the outsize actor to us in all of his daunting dimensions. From the moment that Brochu spins around to face the audience, he is a Hirschfeld drawing come to pulsing life!”
– Time Out NY Critics Pick
“The rumors of Zero Mostel's death have apparently been greatly exaggerated. Jim Brochu recalls his subject so uncannily in looks, voice and anarchic spirit that one immediately wants to see him in revivals of 'Forum' and 'Fiddler.' Thirty-two years after Mostel's untimely death, it's a pleasure to have him back on the boards."
– New York Post