dR Daily 4/15-16: Ed Asner in The Soap Myth
Lou Grant’s in town! That is to say, Ed Asner — the man who won multiple awards playing the crusty Mr. Grant — is in Tampa tonight and Sarasota tomorrow night for staged readings of Jeff Cohen’s play The Soap Myth.
The play takes place more than a half century after the end of WWII when a young journalist sets out to write an article about a cantankerous Holocaust survivor who’s on a crusade to confirm that Nazis made soap from the corpses of murdered Jews — an atrocity dismissed as myth by some scholars, who fear the story, if untrue, could provide fuel to Holocaust deniers. The play tackles such timely and provocative themes as how a survivor survives surviving, who has the right to write history and how do we determine the truth.