Ed Asner to Inhabit FDR for Cleveland Audiences in September

News   Ed Asner to Inhabit FDR for Cleveland Audiences in September
Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner will perform a one-night-only engagement of FDR, the solo play based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning drama Sunrise at Campobello, Sept. 25 at the Cleveland Play House.

Asner, who appeared on Broadway in Born Yesterday, Face of a Hero and the 1955 revival of Threepenny Opera, has toured the presidential-minded production across the country. The Theatre Guild presents the 8 PM engagement.

Schary adapted the three-act Sunrise into the solo evening. FDR "follows the iconic president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II," according to the Cleveland Playhouse. Ron Nash serves as production supervisor/stage manager.

Sunrise at Campobello, which employed a cast of over 20, premiered on Broadway in 1958 at the Cort Theatre and was adapted into a film in 1960. The drama earned the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor honor for Ralph Bellamy as Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Asner is best known for his work on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as well as "Lou Grant" and "Roots." His numerous stage roles also include Ivanov, The Tempest, Volpone, Widower's Houses, The Dybbuk, Red Gloves, Murder in the Cathedral, Miss Julie, The Seagull, Peer Gynt, Juno and the Paycock and Oedipus Rex.

Tickets are available by phoning (216) 795-7000 or by visiting ClevelandPlayhouse. *

Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House has presented the world premieres of Randal Myler's It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Michele Lowe's The Smell of the Kill, Eric Coble's Bright Ideas and Seth Greenland's Jerusalem.

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