As a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Ed Asner is in a position to choose almost any project that he wants. So it might surprise some to learn that what Asner wants to do right now is travel the country performing in readings of the play “The Soap Myth.”
The play tells the story of Milton Saltzman, a Holocaust survivor on a mission to have historians accept the Nazi production of soap from Jewish victims. Asner, who joined Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air ahead of a reading at Congregation Temple Israel, explained that he felt like the perfect person to take on the role.
“I come from the generation that the play's about,” he said. “I'll be 90 in November, and it seems like everything that has happened to me in that 90 years serves as feeder for what I need to play the character.”