General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant and Kansas City Chevy Dealers present: Ed Asner as FDR.
Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an American actor primarily known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series, Lou Grant. Asner returns to his hometown, Kansas City, Kansas and Alma Mater, Wyandotte High School, built in 1937 during FDR's Presidency, for this performance to benefit Wyandotte County United Way.
This one-man show takes us through FDR's White House years including the Depression, the steps leading up to WWII and the war years. Ed Asner shows us why this president was known as "that man in the White House," scorned by many and admired by most.
We see and hear his fireside chats; his controversial packing of the Supreme Court; his personal life with Eleanor and his discreet but definite affair with Lucy Mercer; his courage to break the Neutrality Act; his manipulation of Congress (in order to get the country to have a draft); the Pearl Harbor controversy an the benevolent dictatorship he called the presidency from 1933-44, which made him the first man in history to be elected to four terms.
Ed Asner is magnificent as FDR and delivers a fearless performance of this dynamic and powerful world leader.
Thank you to the following sponsors: - Presenting Sponsor: GM Fairfax Assembly Plant & Kansas City Chevy Dealers - Red Sponsors: 94.9 KCMO, Wyandot, Inc. - White Sponsors: Board of Public Utilities, Chevron Energy Solutions, Douglas M. Greenwald, Heathwood Oil Co., Inc., Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Marianne & Bill Dunn Jr., The University of Kansas Hospital, United Auto Workers Local 31, Wyandotte Daily News, Ross's Catering, KCK Community College - Blue Sponsors: David Kendrick, George Fern Company, Hilton Garden Inn, IBEW Local 53, Kansas Gas Service,Lee's Printing, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Village West Discount Liquors
Wyandotte High School Auditorium
2501 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102