Tickets on sale to see Asner perform with MAT

Tickets on sale to see Asner perform with MAT

Jay Pyette

August 28, 2018, by Tim Leeds, Havre Daily News

The local acting troupe announced that tickets are on sale for the chance to see a legendary Hollywood actor performing with troupe members in Havre.

Montana Actors’ Theatre announced Monday that tickets for “God Help Us” starring Ed Asner and featuring MAT veterans Jay Pyette and  Kate Hagen are available online at as well at fivehead’s, Computer Center and Bear Paw Meats. The tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and members of the military. Evening performances are scheduled for Oct. 12-13 and matinees Oct. 13-14

Pyette said the actor coming to Havre happened after he connected with Asner’s daughter and agent, Liza Asner, who is producing the play.

Samuel Warren Joseph and Phil Proctor wrote the play, a comedy about political tensions in modern times, updated for the Havre performance to include up-to-date references.

Asner plays God, while Pyette plays a liberal pundit and Hagen plays a conservative pundit who had previously been in a relationship.

God, frustrated with what is happening in the world, confronts the two.

The play is directed by Mitch Levine,  known for the 2000 short film “Shadows” as well as “Plagued” and “The Devil’s Crossroad.”

Asner, who has been credited with roles since the 1950s and rose to stardom in the 1970s in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Lou Grant,” has continued nonstop from the start of his acting career.

Nominated for 20 Emmy awards and winning seven, Asner also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985.

He is continuing to act nonstop in film and television and in voice acting, with multiple productions completed or underway in the last year. His roles in recent decades range from voice acting in video games like the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series and in television animated series like “The Simpsons,” “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” “Family Guy” and “King of the Hill” to playing Santa in the 2003 film “Elf” starring Will Farrell and making appearances in “Roseanne,” “Dharma and Greg,” “CSI-NY” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

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