Tuesdays with Morrie continues at the Playhouse
May 10th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A play about life, death and friendship is on the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
Mitch Albomâ€™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 Gehrigâ€™s disease. (Click the audio button above to hear Albom reading from his novel)
â€œIt is a play about Morrieâ€™s confrontation with his own mortality, with his own death, but itâ€™s very much a play about life,â€ said Artistic Director Carl Beck from the Omaha Community Playhouse. Beck has directed the Playhouseâ€™s production of Tuesdays with Morrie, which is currently on stage.
â€œIn 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,â€ Beck said. â€œSo 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.â€
The Playhouseâ€™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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