Acclaimed actor Ed Asner, whose voice starred in the 2010 Oscar-winning animated feature, Up, will appear this fall in a one-man live show, FDR, at the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College.
The one-hour performance will be presented by the Cayuga Community College Foundation on Sunday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. in the college's Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre.
FDR, a portrait of the iconic American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is a sequel to the 1950s Broadway hit Sunrise at Campobello by Dore Schary. Chronicling Roosevelt's struggle to survive in politics after being paralyzed by polio, the play garnered four Tony Awards and was made into an Oscar-nominated film.
Asner's solo performance, based on a further work by Schary, follows Roosevelt later in life as he reflects on his years as president. Inaugurated during the depths of the Great Depression, "FDR" went on to lead the nation through World War II. The only president elected to more than two terms in office, he died in April 1945, early in his fourth term, a month before the Allies' victory on the European front and four months before victory in the Pacific.
A member since 2003 of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and a 2001 recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Asner has won seven Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards for his television roles. He created the famous Lou Grant character for the 1970s CBS comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its dramatic spinoff, Lou Grant, and has compiled extensive credits in a decades-long film and stage career.
General-admission tickets for FDR at Cayuga Community College will be available for $15 each by advance sale only. Beginning Monday, August 30, tickets may be purchased by check to the CCCC Foundation, Inc., either by mail to the Foundation at 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021, or in person during weekday business hours.
The theatre box office will hold all tickets purchased by mail for pick-up starting at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the show, and will offer any remaining tickets for sale at that time. Seating will begin at 2:30 p.m.
The event is made possible through contributions to the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Ruth P. Thomas Arts Fund, both administered by the Cayuga Community College Foundation.