Tuesdays with Morrie continues at the Playhouse

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May 10th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – A play about life, death and friendship is on the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Mitch Albom’s best-selling novel, Tuesdays with Morrie, follows the story of professor Morrie Schwartz, as he re-connects with his former student, Albom, after finding out that he is terminally ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Click the audio button above to hear Albom reading from his novel)

Morrie Schwarz, the inspiration behind the novel, film and play, Tuesdays with Morrie. (Photo courtesy mitchalbom.com)

“It is a play about Morrie’s confrontation with his own mortality, with his own death, but it’s very much a play about life,” said Artistic Director Carl Beck from the Omaha Community Playhouse. Beck has directed the Playhouse’s production of Tuesdays with Morrie, which is currently on stage.

“In studying his own death and coming to terms with his own death, [Morrie] helps the younger character realize the importance of living your life well and to its fullest,” Beck said. “So all of us, from the actors and director to the audience members, come away with a much greater sense of how life can be more fully realized.”

The Playhouse’s production stars Bill Hutson as Morrie Schwartz and Chris Shonka as Mitch Albom. In a fortuitous casting twist, the two actors are also a former student and teacher pair. Hutson is an assistant professor of theater at Creighton University, and Shonka was his student at one time. Beck says the two have a close relationship and a comfortable dynamic on stage that helps bring a deeper dimension to this character-driven story. Tuesdays with Morrie continues at the Omaha Community Playhouse through May 29th.

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