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Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 43
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0822221888
ISBN-13: 9780822221883
Cast Size: 2 men

About the Play:

Tuesdays with Morrie is a full-length drama by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the well-loved book of the same title by Mitch Albom. An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson. It quietly tells the story of the renewed relationship between sports columnist Mitch Albom and his former Brandeis professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz. Tuesdays with Morrie is a heartwarming exploration of friendship and life. It will make you cry, think and feel, but above all it will make you laugh.

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduating from Brandeis, Mitch has become a successful sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, having forgotten all about his one-time mentor. One evening Mitch happens to catch a segment a television news program and recognizes the voice of his old professor. Through the interview, Mitch learns that Morrie is suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease, a degenerative neurological disease that is fatal. Having promised Morrie at graduation that he would "keep in touch" (which he has not), Mitch decides to call Morrie and then to fly to Massachusetts to visit. And so begins the weekly Tuesday visits that Mitch makes to Massachusetts to visit Morrie. After a hiccup in the beginning, but then over the next 14 Tuesdays, not only do they reconnect on a very strong personal level, but Morrie, ever the teacher, is able to impart to the arrogant Albom valuable life lessons and wisdom in his final stage of life. So Mitch's first simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage with a last class in the meaning of life.

Mitch Albom's well-known book Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four years atop the New York Times list, is now the best-selling memoir of all time, with nearly ten million copies sold worldwide. Albom, along with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, adapted the book into the stage version of Tuesdays With Morrie, which premiered in an acclaimed production at New York Stage and Film in Poughkeepsie, New York in Summer 2002, and opened off-Broadway in November 2002, to highly favourable reviews at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Since then, the hit play has seen productions across the globe, including a 25 city tour and independent productions in regional theaters throughout North America.

Cast: 2 men

What people say:

"Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous." — NY Magazine

"Making the language of the book crisper, cleverer and more palatable…aphoristic wisdom, expressed with gallows wit." — NY Times

"A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor." — NY Daily News

"I was unprepared for how moving and powerful Tuesdays With Morrie turned out to be…On this ground, the flowers of humanity grow." — NY Post

"You'll Laugh! You'll Cry!" — Variety

"The evening has an aura of celebration. Just what the doctor ordered, you are likely to be moved." — Journal News

"Rewarding. Go see it any day of the week." — WOR-AM

About the Playwright:

Jeffrey Hatcher is an award-winning American writer for stage, screen, and television. He grew up in Ohio before attending New York University to study acting. After a brief career on stage, he turned his attention to writing. His many award-winning plays, original and adaptations, have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in theatres around the world.

Mitch Albom is a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and award-winning journalist. He is the author of five number one New York Times bestsellers and has sold more than thirty-four million copies of his books in forty-two languages worldwide. He has founded seven charities, including the first-ever full-time medical clinic for homeless children in America. He also operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife in suburban Detroit.

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