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A Conversation With Ed Asner

Looking for last minute holiday gifts? How about tickets to hear Ed Asner, a television legend, winner of seven Emmy Awards, and one of the most respected actors of his generation talk about his life and career in, A Conversation with Ed Asner, January 8, 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Theater in Stratford. Joe Meyers, arts and entertainment feature writer and blogger for The Connecticut Post and Hearst Media News Group, will conduct an on-stage interview and Q & A with Mr. Asner about his 50+year TV, film, and stage career.

This is first in a series of American Shakespeare Theatre Alumni Talks scheduled to benefit The Stratford Arts Commission and the SCA, Stratford Center for the Arts at the American Shakespeare Theatre. Ed Asner was part of the The American Shakespeare Theatre’s 1959 acting company, appearing in Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet and All’s Well That Ends Well. Also in the company that year was long time Stratford resident Nancy Marchand who would later co-star with Ed Asner in the popular television series, – Lou Grant. Asner is the recipient of The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and has been inducted into The Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. In 2009, his distinctive voice created the memorable character of the Old Man in the hit Pixar animated film -Up. In 2003, he played Santa Claus in the hit holiday comedy, ELF with Will Farrell.

Mr. Asner will be coming to Stratford immediately following the close of his Broadway play – Grace, for which he and his co-stars Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon received glowing reviews. Ben Brantley of the New York Times welcomed Mr. Asner’s return to the stage in his recent review of the play. Seating is general admission. VIP tickets are limited and include special seating and a pre-show reception with Mr. Asner.

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Ryan Odinak