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Evergreen Family Theatre presents ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Evergreen Family Theatre is pleased to present the poignant and humorous adaptation of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” co-adapted by author Mitch Albom.

As a student at Brandeis University in the late 1970s, Albom was especially drawn to his sociology professor, Morris Schwartz. On graduation he vowed to keep in touch with him, which he failed to do until 1994, when he saw a segment about Schwartz on the TV program Nightline, and learned that he had just been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The story chronicles 14 Tuesdays spent getting reacquainted with his beloved sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, who was succumbing to ALS, a neurological illness that steadily leaves “a man frozen inside his own flesh.”

Tony Ventrella plays the lovable, quirky professor who chooses to go graciously into the night and Huy Nguyen plays his student, Mitch Albom.

Tony, who had the opportunity to interview the playwright years ago, was key-note speaker at the ALS Association’s luncheon at the Westin, in Seattle this past April. To raise awareness and financial support Evergreen Family Theatre is offering proceeds from the June 19 performance to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter. Other performances are June 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees on June 14 and 21.

“Tuesdays with Morrie is presented” at RedWood Family Church in Redmond at 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road. Tickets are $14 for general and $12 for seniors and students and may be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Audience members age 12 and up will enjoy the humor and sometimes gritty, honest dialog.

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