Posted: 3/16/2011

‘FDR’ Lives Through Asner Performance
Wednesday, March 23 at TAMIU

The humanity and grace of one of our nation's best-loved presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will come to life Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Ed Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards (“Mary Tyler Moore Show’” “Lou Grant”) and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, will star in the solo performance drama, “FDR,” based upon Dore Schary’s Broadway hit “Sunrise at Campobello.”

Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
Tickets for the general public are available at The Laredo Morning Times, 111 Esperanza Drive. University students, faculty and staff may pick up tickets at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center, room 301. Seats not held by ticketholders by 6:45 p.m. will be released to others.
“FDR” explores the life of Roosevelt, and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. This powerful play follows the iconic president’s battle with polio, revealing the humanity and grace of the man who led the country through some of its most difficult times, including the Great Depression and World War II.

“FDR” is performed in one act without intermission.

Asner is best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the journalist Lou Grant and for his role as Captain Davies, a brutal slave trader, in the epic miniseries, “Roots.” He has more than 100 TV and motion picture credits and has recorded numerous commercials and books on tape. He most recently lent his voice to Carl Fredricken in Pixar’s 2009 film “Up!” Asner is also a frequent speaker on labor issues and an ally for the acting industries older artists.

Conceived by A. R. Sanchez Jr., the A. R. Sanchez, Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series has attracted national and internationally known scholars to TAMIU. Lecturers have ranged from Nobel laureates and prominent political figures to some of the most gifted world scientists and award-winning authors and artists.

The A.R. Sánchez Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series honors Antonio R. Sánchez Sr. (1916-1992).

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