Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ed Asner Comes to Fish Creek!

Ed Asner will be coming to Fish Creek soon - we just received this press release this afternoon!

Press contact: Patricia Podgers
(920) 868.2728

Ed Asner as FDR
Friday, September 25, 8 pm

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected the 32nd president in November, 1932, the United States began an amazing era in its history. An unprecedented four-term president, FDR created an aura that continues to consume the American public. On Friday, September 25th, at 8 pm the Door Community Auditorium will welcome FDR onto its stage in the person of actor Ed Asner. In a one-actor performance, Mr. Asner will portray President Roosevelt during the White House years in an illuminating performance.
The recipient of seven Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards, Mr. Asner is a consummate actor whose range includes roles from the comedic to the dramatic. Although primarily known as Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore’s gruff boss on her show of the same name, Mr. Asner has a resume that includes Broadway theatre, and cinematic and television roles. He has provided the voices of countless “characters” for animated roles in both of the latter two medias. Most recently Mr. Asner was the featured voice of Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar movie “Up.”
Although Mr. Asner has achieved universal acclaim for the diversity of the roles he has performed, his roots are firmly planted in the Midwest. Growing up in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of a shop owner, Mr. Asner was a fan of the movies. He was an avid athlete and participated in sports. Mr. Asner utilized his now famous voice as the announcer for his high school radio station, a job that provided him a start in the direction of acting following attendance at the University of Chicago.
During the 1950s, Mr. Asner was affiliated with the Playwrights Theatre Club which regrouped as the Compass Players, and eventually segued into the famed Second City. Mr. Asner is today considered a member of the City’s extended family. Countless roles on stage and screen—both small and large—followed.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which premiered in 1970, earned Mr. Asner three of his Emmys. Following the conclusion of the series in 1977, he continued to perform the role of Lou Grant in his own weekly television show.
The role of Captain Davies in the mini-series Roots earned Mr. Asner yet another Emmy Award and the praise of critics. Interestingly, author Alex Haley admitted he had no idea who the actual Captain was, but the actor more than creditably assumed the role.
Throughout his lengthy career, Mr. Asner has continued to be politically active and vocal in both his professional and private lives. He was twice elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, a union established to protect the rights of performers.
Ed Asner as FDR is based on Sunrise at Campobello, a play written by Dory Schary which premiered on Broadway in 1958. The focus of presentation is President Roosevelt’s years in the White House, beginning with the Depression and continuing through the World War II years.
Tickets for Ed Asner as FDR are $50, $45 and $38, and are available at the Door Community Auditorium box office, by phone (920.868.2728), or via the Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 – 3 pm; weekend show days, 11 – 3 pm; and one hour prior to a performance. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.

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