Trek Stars In Reading To Support Free Speech

By Michelle
November 4, 2003 - 7:10 PM

Several Star Trek alumni will appear in a staged reading of a play about the Hollywood blacklist to benefit the Writers Guild Foundation and the ACLU of Hollywood.

This performance of The Waldorf Conference, co-produced by Nat Segaloff who co-founded the production company Alien Voices along with Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and John de Lancie (Q), will take place in Los Angeles on November 24th.

Voyager's Ethan Phillips (Neelix) and Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Deep Space Nine's Armin Shimerman (Quark), First Contact's James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane) and original series writer Harlan Ellison ("The City on the Edge of Forever") will join Edward Asner, Paul Mazursky, Jacob Snyder and Alan Toy in the cast.

The play focuses on the origins of the Hollywood blacklist that destroyed the careers of many suspected Communists and those who fought to protect their freedom of speech. Many of the major characters are well-known studio executives such as Samuel Goldwyn.

Segaloff, who with Alien Voices co-produced science fiction audiobooks for Simon & Schuster, wrote The Waldorf Conference with Daniel M. Kimmel and Arnie Reisman.

This reading, directed by de Lancie, will be performed at the Writers Guild of America Theatre in Beverly Hills. There will be a silent auction and reception to benefit the Writers Guild and Hollywood ACLU.

More information and ticket availability may be found at the play's web site here.

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