San Jose Rep: Ed Asner coming, ‘Legacy of Light’ added

Ed Asner brings his one-man show, FDR, to the San Jose Rep this summer
Ed Asner brings his one-man show, FDR, to the San Jose Rep this summer

Before the premiere of Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the San Jose Rep Friday night, artistic director Rick Lombardo made a few crowd pleasing announcements. The first concerned a new one-man show FDR, part of the Rep’s Summer Blockbuster series, starring Ed Asner of Mary Tyler Moore fame.

This theatrical production is based upon Dore Schary’s Broadway hit Sunrise at Campobello, winner of four Tony Awards, which ran 70 weeks on Broadway, making it one of the longest running plays of all time. FDR will be in town for only six shows and begins July 14 and runs until July 18, 2010.

“As we begin to celebrate our 30th Anniversary I can think of no better way than to kick off the celebration by having an American legend grace our stage this summer,” comments Artistic Director Rick Lombardo. “Not only will we all get the chance to share some time with Mr. Asner, but during the Great Recession, I’m looking forward to spending some time with FDR as well.”

The second announcement solved the TBA mystery for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. The west coast premiere of Legacy of Light, a drama featuring two scientists who balance motherhood with careers, will fill the remaining slot in the 30th anniversary schedule.

Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-Winner and Member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, Ed Asner, Comes to

San Jose Rep!

Asner stars in a solo performance of FDR.

SAN JOSE, Ca. (March 18, 2010) San Jose Repertory Theatre presents Ed Anser in a solo performance of FDR as part of the Rep’s Summer Blockbuster series.  Ed Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards (“Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant”) and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and a member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, will star in the solo performance drama, FDR.  This theatrical production is based upon Dore Schary’s Broadway hit Sunrise at Campobello, winner of four Tony® Awards, which ran 70 weeks on Broadway, making it one of the longest running plays of all time.  This must see performance for six shows only begins July 14 and runs until July 18, 2010.  Ticket prices range from $45.00 to $74.00 and are currently available for new and renewed Rep subscribers.  Press opening night is Thursday, July 15 at 8:00pm.

“As we begin to celebrate our 30th Anniversary I can think of no better way than to kick off the celebration by having an American legend grace our stage this summer,” comments Artistic Director Rick Lombardo.  “Not only will we all get the chance to share some time with Mr. Asner, but during the Great Recession, I’m looking forward to spending some time with FDR as well.”

Ed Asner is magnificent as FDR and delivers a fearless performance of this dynamic and powerful world leader.

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. FDR features a bravura performance by Asner as “that man in the White House,” scorned by many and admired by most.  Travel along with one of America’s most cherished actors as he takes you on a captivating journey through FDR’s White House years from the depths of the Great Depression through the resident fabled “fireside chats,” Pearl Harbor and World War II.

Mr. Asner’s New York City Theatre credits include IvanovThe Tempest, Face of a HeroKing Henry V, and Born Yesterday. Other theatrical credits include WoyzckVolponeWindowirs HousesDybbukRed GlovesMurder in the CathedralMiss JulieThe SeagullPeer GyntJuno and the Paycock, and Oedipus Rex. Additional television work includes appearances as a recurring guest star on the television series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and an Emmy Award-Winning role as Captain Davies in the mini-series “Roots. Most recently, Mr. Asner provided the voice of Carl Frederickson in Pixar’s Oscar nominated 2009 film, Up.

THEATRE GUILD, INC has produced a total of 228 plays on Broadway, including 18 by George Bernard Shaw and seven by Eugene O’Neill. In the field of musical theatre, the Guild has promoted works by Richard Rodgers, teamed with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, George and Ira Gershwin, Jule Styne, and Meredith Wilson, all of which have become classics. Notable productions include Porgy and BessThe Philadelphia Story,Oklahoma!, and Carousel.

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About the Rep:

San Jose Rep is the premier non-profit, professional theatre company in the South Bay, presenting six main stage productions each year. As a major contributor to South Bay’s cultural community for 29 years, the Rep’s mission is to engage, entertain and inspire people.  The Rep produces innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition, educational programs that promote life-long learning, and outreach initiatives that benefit our diverse community.  For more information, visit www.SJRep.com

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