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TV legends reopen Playhouse with 'Two Jews, Talking'

Television veterans Ed Asner of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H will star in the staged reading of Two Jews, Talking at Flat Rock Playhouse.

Back by popular demand, Asner will take center stage on Labor Day weekend with another sidesplitting piece written by Ed. Weinberger—this time with good friend Jamie Farr adding to the hilarity. See this new work on the Rock before it has its New York City debut!

The two-act story brings Lou and Bud together in the Biblical past, and Phil and Marty together in contemporary Long Island. They philosophize about women, sex, food, the divine and destiny in a tale of companionship and friendship.

"It was a great privilege to have the singular Ed Asner with us on the Rock in 2017 when he performed "A Man and His Prostate" to a sold-out house," said Lisa K. Bryant, Producing Artistic Director. "The audience roared with laughter as he dazzled with his trademark talent and celebrated humor. Having Mr. Asner back is an honor, and adding the legendary Jamie Farr to the stage is almost an embarrassment of riches.”

"Two Jews, Talking" is packed with heart and hilarity and brought to life by two of the best to ever star on stage or screen. “We’re thrilled for the Playhouse and Henderson County to host the duo before Two Jews, Talking debuts in New York City,” Bryant adds. And she reminds, “...Mr. Asner's 2017 performance at the Playhouse sold out in two days, so folks should get their tickets early!"

Ed Asner is nationally recognized as one of the great American performers. His iconic role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off Lou Grant not only captured the hearts of the public, but also snagged him the honor of being the first of only two actors to ever win an Emmy Award for a sitcom and a drama for the same role. Among Asner’s other recognizable roles are Santa Claus in 2003’s "Elf," voicing Carl Fredicksen in Pixar’s 2009 animated film "Up," opposite John Wayne as Bart Jason in the 1966 Western El Dorado, Captain Davies in "Roots," and Netflix’s series "Dead to Me." Asner was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2001.

Farr’s dedication to acting at a young age led him to early successes in entertainment before being drafted into the Army. Perhaps that was a twist of fate as it later fed into his most recognizable role as Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger in M*A*S*H. Since then, Farr has appeared in variety shows, television shows, movies, theatre and beyond. In 1985, Farr received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Most recently, he played Dudley on Fox’s "The Cool Kids."

"Two Jews, Talking" will run from Thursday, Sept. 2, through Saturday, Sept. 4, at Flat Rock Playhouse’s Leiman Mainstage. Tickets range from $35 to $60. Student prices are available for ages 18 and under. For more ticket information, call the Flat Rock Playhouse Box Office at 828.693.0731 or visit