By: Stefanie Block
Spending two hours with Jim Brochu, I stepped into the life of legend actor Zero Mostel.
In the show Zero Hour, Brochu plays Mostel, a Jewish actor who survived the McCarthy Era. Mostel, famously known for his role as Tevye in the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof was revealed in his telling of his experience with the rampant segregation and exclusion of the 1950’s. The experience was not uncommon: it was a dark time for many Jewish actors when “the blacklist” sent many to prison for their communist affiliations and jeopardized their careers. Political and personal, Brochu tells the story of fame through the lens of someone who has risen, fallen and risen again.
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