Asner stars in the readings of Jeff Cohen’s play
|March 8, 2019 [St. Petersburg, FL] – The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM), along with The Tampa JCCs & Federation and the Sarasota Opera House, are thrilled to present The Soap Myth on Monday, April 15 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa and on Tuesday, April 16 at the Sarasota Opera House!
The Soap Myth stars seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Award winner Ed Asner in the readings of Jeff Cohen’s play, directed by Pam Berlin.
The Soap Myth 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 and his crusade regarding the Nazi atrocity of soap.
The Soap Myth dramatizes the friendship that develops between a young Jewish journalist (Annie Blumberg) and a cantankerous Holocaust Survivor (Milton Saltzman) on a crusade about including “soap” in Holocaust museums – Did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of murdered Jews? Along the way the play grapples with the pernicious evil of antisemitism masquerading as Holocaust denial. 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.
“Holocaust education is more important than ever. I feel a renewed urgency to fight the tide of hatred using the weapons I possess – words and ideas,” said Playwright Jeff Cohen, commenting on recent tragic events in the Jewish community and the frightening rise of antisemitism.
Ed Asner is beloved for such legendary roles as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Santa Claus in the Will Farrell comedy Elf, and Carl Fredrickson in the smash animated feature Up. This marks the third year that he will perform the role of Holocaust Survivor Milton Saltzman in The Soap Myth.
For ticket information, please visit:
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7:00pm – Tampa, Bryan Glazer Family JCCTickets: https://www.Bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/thesoapmyth
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:00pm – Sarasota, Sarasota Opera HouseTickets: https://tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=3896
About The Florida Holocaust MuseumOne of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org