Ed Asner Stars in FDR, the Acclaimed Solo Show
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Scotland, 1945: Seven young women, all members of the Women's Royal Naval Service (aka Wrens), are packed together in a tiny barrack on the eve of V-E Day. All from different backgrounds, regions, religions and classes, the women must confront complex emotions and decisions as they face the prospect of peace, which also means an end to their newfound wartime independence in Wrens. Written by Anne McGravie, this semi-autobiographical drama is an examination of loyalty, morality and duty during World War II. Learn More
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After seeing Ed Asner's one-person play, I didn't know any more about FDR the man than beforehand. The script was an iteration of political friends and foes, but where was the motivation that led to Social Security, the CCC, or other plans to deal with the Great Depression? Where was the torment over his love affair? Where was any emotion other than bombastic one-liners? Asner went for the laugh lines at the expense of becoming the real FDR. When we told a friend how awful the play was, she asked if it were the script or the acting. It was both.
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“Ed Asner, 81, not only is Franklin Delano Roosevelt — he is also the show’s director, looking properly presidential, filled with the passion and perseverance which made FDR such a grand and powerful president.” —_Pasadena Independent _
FDR explores the life of one of America’s best-loved presidents and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. This powerful play follows the iconic president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II. Ed Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant) and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, stars in the solo performance drama, based upon Dore Schary’s Sunrise at Campobello, which ran for 70 weeks on Broadway.
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