FINAL WEEKEND: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ touches on acceptance, love at Center Stage
“Tuesdays with Morrie,” under the direction of Gary and Francesca Scarpa, will be performed through Sunday, Oct. 19 at Center Stage Theatre
The play features Stan Alpert as Morrie Schwartz and Brett Boles as Mitch Albom.
Alpert has previously appeared at Center Stage in “Twelve Angry Men” and “Harvey.”
Boles is a longtime veteran of Center Stage and has appeared in such plays as “Guys and Dolls,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Inherit the Wind.”
Well-known book and TV movie
Based on Mitch Albom's book and made-for-TV movie that starred Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon, the autobiographical story tells of a work-consumed sports journalist who is inspired to live life more fully when he reconnects with an old college professor, who is dying of ALS.
The play teaches lessons of acceptance, love, communication, values, openness and happiness.
“Ironically, we chose Tuesdays with Morrie before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing,” Gary Scarpa said. “Center Stage plans do our part to contribute to ALS during the run of Tuesdays by taking donations from our audiences at every performance.”
‘Examine my own priorities and relationships’
“Playing Mitch in Tuesdays With Morrie has caused me to examine my own priorities and relationships,” said Boles, a Newtown resident. “I had a relationship with a college professor that was very similar to the relationship Mitch and Morrie shared.
“I reached out to him the other day, and I'm not sure I would have had the presence of mind to do so had it not been for this play,” he said.
“It's been an eye-opening and life affirming experience, and Mitch is a role that I know will always hold a special place in my heart,” Boles said.
Alpert, an Ansonia resident, looks forward to playing such a meaningful role. “Because Morrie Schwartz is such a familiar and beloved character to people, due to the best-selling book, I hope to effectively present and honor Morrie’s essence,” Albert said.
Times and tickets
Performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. from Oct. 3 to 18; Sunday at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12 and 19; and Thursday at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16. For tickets or information, go to centerstageshelton.org or call 203-225-6079.
The nonprofit Center Stage Theatre, founded in 2005, is at 54 Grove St., Shelton (former Lafayette School).