OGDENSBURG – “Tuesdays With Morrie,” adapted from Mitch Albom’s award winning book, will be presented by Ogdensburg Command Performances Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Curtain time is 7:45 p.m. in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy; preshow chat at 6:45.
Tickets are $19 to $43 with discounts for seniors, students, groups of 15 or more, and “Friends.” Call 315-393-2625, or visit ILoveTheatre.org.
“Tuesdays With Morrie” tells the story of real life accomplished sports writer Mitch Albom who became caught up with his career as a sport commentator and journalist. He ignored his family and did not make time to do things in life that are of the most value to a human being.
After watching a television interview he learned that Morrie Schwartz, one of his beloved professors at Brandeis, is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease" or ALS. Reconnecting with Morrie teaches Mitch a lot about his old friend and himself. Following their first Tuesday together, Mitch returns regularly every Tuesday to listen to Morrie’s lessons on “The Meaning of Life.”
According to NY Magazine, “No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous.”
NY Daily News calls it, “A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.”
The play, directed by Peter Moore, stars Gabe Angieri as Morrie and Brandon Ewald as Mitch.
The show was originally to be presented with actor Jamie Farr, known best as “Klinger” from *M*A*S*H* in the lead roll. However, Farr pulled out all U.S. performances of the show after a dispute with producers over passports for the Canadian director and cast who were previously starring in the touring performance.
This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Mitch Albom is a best-selling author, a nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist with the Detroit Free Press, a radio host, and a television commentator with ESPN and ABC. His well-known book “Tuesdays With Morrie” 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 a hit play, which opened Off-Broadway in late 2002 and has been performed in regional theaters throughout North America.
Albom’s first novel, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” was published in 2003 and was on the New York Times best-sellers list for two years. With a screenplay by Albom, “Five People” was adapted into an ABC movie that aired in December 2004 and starred Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, and Jeff Daniels.
Albom has founded three charities in Detroit: The Dream Fund, A Time To Help, and S.A.Y. Detroit which helps Detroit’s homeless. He serves on numerous charitable boards around the country and makes his home in suburban Detroit.