Ed Asner as FDR

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November 7, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
$30 - 50
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
Exploring the life of one of America’s best loved presidents, actor Ed Asner chronicles the events and decisions that shaped a nation during FDR’s time in the Oval Office. This one-man show takes us through Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s White House years including the Depression, the steps leading up to WWII and the war years.

We see and hear the presidents 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 1933–44, which made him the first man in history to be elected to four terms.

Ed Asner is magnificent as FDR and delivers a fearless performance of this dynamic and powerful world leader. The renowned actor shows us why this president was known as “that man in the White House,” scorned by many and admired by most.

Asner is best known for his character Lou Grant, who was first introduced on the The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. In 1977, after the end of The Mary Tyler Moore show, Asner’s character was given his own show, Lou Grant, which ran from 1977-1982. Asner is also known for his acclaimed role as Captain Davies, from the mini-series Roots, a role that earned Asner an Emmy Award.

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