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A time for war and remembrance with 'Churchill' and 'FDR'

October 1, 2010 |  6:00 am

Shaff-photo History buffs, take note.

Two of the 20th Century's great wartime leaders — Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt — will be coming to local stages in October.

Veteran actor Edmund L. Shaff will star as the British prime minister in the West Coast premiere of Andrew Edlin's "Churchill," which opens Friday and runs through Nov. 7 at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood.

Seven-time Emmy winner Ed Asner will star as the American president in "FDR," based on Dore Schary's 1958 Tony winner, "Sunrise at Campobello." The touring production opens Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 7 and officially reopens the Pasadena Playhouse, which emerged from bankruptcy in July. 

Asner-fdr-photo Both plays are one-man shows whose characters look back on travails and triumphs in their private lives and public careers — including Roosevelt confronting the Great Depression and both men leading their nations through World War II, during which they developed the close friendship that helped the Allies to victory.

— Karen Wada


Pasadena Playhouse adds Ed Asner in 'FDR' to fall 2010 season

Top photo: Edmund L. Shaff in "Churchill." Credit: Ty Donaldson.

Bottom photo: Ed Asner in "FDR." Credit: The Theatre Guild.