Emmy Award winner Ed Asner will be joined by Tovah Feldshuh later this month in a repeat Long Island reading of the powerful Holocaust drama "The Soap Myth."
Before a performance last year at Hofstra University, Asner told Newsday he was drawn to New York writer Jeff Cohen's play about a horrific but little-known atrocity thought to have been committed by the Nazis because it "does a good job of furthering the truth."
Asner, best known as television's Lou Grant, and Feldshuh, who played Golda Meir in the Broadway show "Golda's Balcony," will headline a staged reading of the play on Jan. 29 at the Suffolk JCC in Commack, the last stop on an East Coast tour that includes Manhattan and New Jersey. A second leg of the tour in April and May will include stops in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Dallas. The play, performed as a tribute to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed each year on Jan. 27, and Yom Hashoah, to be observed on May 1, is about a friendship between a young Jewish journalist and a cantankerous Holocaust survivor who believes the Nazis made soap from the bodies of murdered Jews.
Cohen says that "Holocaust education is more important than ever" with the recent shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. "I feel a renewed urgency," he says, " to fight the tide of hatred using the weapons I possess — words and ideas." Tickets for the Long Island performance start at $25 ($48-$62 includes preferred seating and a VIP reception with actors and Cohen) at ticketfly.com or all 631-462-9800.