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Ed Asner at The Players, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Ed Asner is an icon. Period.

The veteran actor, now 88, has been working since the mid-50s, with the Compass Players ensemble, and has accumulated an award-winning career on TV ('The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Lou Grant," "Roots" and more), film ("Elf," "Up," "JFK" and others) and stage. He's won more Emmy Awards (seven) than any other male actor, and has been inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Science Hall of Fame and received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Life Achievement Award. He was also one of SAG's most activist and controversial presidents, and he continues to explore political and philanthropic interests.

Asner has slowed a bit but he's still active -- and strong enough to carry a one-man show such as "A Man and His Prostate," which plays this weekend in Detroit...

"A Man and His Prostate" was written by former "Mary Tyler Moore" screen writer Ed Weinberger about his medical misadventure during a Mediterranean cruise. "It's a very funny show," says Asner, "and at the same time I think we do a great public service in alerting the public about (prostate health issues). (Weinberger) was struck by a case of prostatitis outside of Florence and was taken off the ship and brought to Florence with an Italian doctor. The body of the show talks about his treatment, which is not up to snuff compared to American treatment. But it's a happy ending."

Asner, who played Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the one-man play "FDR," enjoys being the lone actor on stage. "I don't have to worry about being let down by my fellow actors," he quips, but adds that, "It all depends on what you're leaning on. If you have a great script, which I do, you get to delight mischievously in weaving a spell around the folks in the audience. And the laughs are wonderful and genuine. There's just a lot of pleasure there."

Asner is also touring in a three-person play called "God Help Us," in which he plays God counseling a couple torn apart by polarized political views. It dovetails nicely with Asner's own political interests, which included co-moderating a debate for alternative presidential candidates in 2016. "I think we stink in terms of mental giants," Asner says of America's currently political scheme. "Every step forward leads to two steps back. I'm selfish because I'm nearing the end of the road and I don't want to deal with any of this crap. But my kids will, so if I care about my kids I should care about that and stay interested and active.

Ed Asner stars in "A Man and his Prostate" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Players, 3321 Jefferson Ave, Detroit. Tickets are $60 and $75. Call 313-259-3385 or visit papaweezeinc.org.

Web Site: www.papaweezeinc.org

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