CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 25, 2015 – “ED ASNER as FDR,” an intimate, one-on-one conversation between a great American leader and his audience, using Asner as his voice, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
“ED ASNER as FDR” explores the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), the 32nd president of the United States, and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. Asner is commanding in this powerful play that follows this iconic U.S. president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II. “ED ASNER as FDR” shows a charming, demanding, uncompromising man of exceptional skill in dealing with people from every walk of life.
“Of course, when I heard Ed Asner was available, I jumped at the chance,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, who booked the show for the River Campus. “He’s one of the most well-known and respected actors on the American and international stage. He’s been amazingly easy to work with, and I can’t wait to see him in person. It should be a mesmerizing evening of theatre, watching him portray another giant, FDR!”
Roosevelt served the United States as president from March 1933 until April 1945, when he died in office. He was succeeded by Missourian Harry S. Truman, who served as his vice president prior to assuming office. Roosevelt was the only president to win four elections and was the longest serving president in United States history. After he was elected four times, a Constitutional amendment was passed limiting presidential candidates to serving only two terms equaling eight years.
He participated in world events in the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of international depression and war. The New Deal, his program for relief, recovery and reform, expanded the role of the federal government in the economy.
In addition to the show, attendees can enjoy a fine dining experience in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center. Art Cuisine dinner will be available prior to the performance. For $21 per person, which includes the meal, tax and gratuity along with preferred parking, patrons will receive a choice of entrées. Each meal will also include a gourmet salad, dessert, tea and coffee. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at an additional charge. The dinner will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. The Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center is a two-minute walk from the Bedell Performance Hall. Art Cuisine reservations must be received no later than four days before the dinner. As seating is limited, patrons are encouraged to make Art Cuisine reservations as soon as possible by calling (573) 651-2511.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.