Actor Ed Asner takes the stage as FDR

08162011_EdAsnerFDRThe Webb Center will present actor Ed Asner starring as FDR on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 pm.  Asner, a veteran of stage, screen and television, will bring President Franklin Roosevelt’s terms in the Oval Office and personal life to the stage.  The solo performance drama, “FDR,” is based upon Dore Schary’s Broadway hit “Sunrise at Campobello,” which ran 70 weeks on Broadway.

                Ed Asner is best known for creating the role of journalist Lou Grant for the comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’’ then his own drama series, “Lou Grant.”  A younger generation knows him as the voice for crotchety widower Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s 2009 animated film “Up.” He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame.  Asner’s New York City Theatre credits include Ivanov, The Tempest, Face of a Hero, King Henry V, and Born Yesterday.

This one-man play takes us through White House years of the nation’s 32nd president, including the Depression, the steps leading up to WW II and the war years. Asner shows us why President Roosevelt was known as “that man in the White House,” scorned by many and admired by most.

                We see and hear his fireside chats; his controversial packing of the Supreme Court; his personal life with Eleanor and his discreet but definite affair with Lucy Mercer; his courage to break the Neutrality Act; his manipulation of Congress (in order to get the country to have a draft); the Pearl Harbor controversy and the benevolent dictatorship he called the presidency from 1933 to 1944, which made him the first man in history to be elected to four terms.

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