The stage version of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie premiered in an acclaimed production at New York Stage and Film in Poughkeepsie, New York in Summer 2002, and opened off-Broadway on November 19, 2002, to highly favorable reviews at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
Co-authored by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher (Three Viewings) and directed by David Esbjornson (The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, My Old Lady), Tuesdays with Morrie starred Alvin Epstein (original Lucky in Waiting for Godot) as Morrie and Jon Tenney (The Heiress) as Mitch.
Tuesdays with Morrie
is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.
Since then, the play has seen productions across the globe, including a 25 city tour and independent productions at the Seattle Repertory, Laguna Playhouse and American Heartland Theatre, to name a few.
a play that might – incredibly, just might – change your life.” - John Simon, New York Magazine
"Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous." - New York Magazine
"Making the language of the book crisper, cleverer and more palatable…aphoristic wisdom, expressed with gallows wit." - The New York Times
"A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor." - New York Daily News
"I was unprepared for how moving and powerful Tuesdays With Morrie turned out to be. The two actors are beyond praise. Epstein delicately evokes wisdom and love. John Tenney is wonderful. On this ground, the flowers of humanity grow." - New York Post
"You'll Laugh! You'll Cry!" - Variety
"The evening has an aura of celebration. Just what the doctor ordered, you are likely to be moved. Superbly directed by David Esbjornson." - The Journal News
"Packed with humor and insight. Make time for it." - The Fayetteville Observer
"Rewarding. Go see it any day of the week." - WOR-AM
"It’s a wonderful duet of friendship, love, forgiveness and wisdom passed on, all of it imparted without a trace of sanctimony or spurious manipulation. As you walk out of the theater, you’ll feel you need them in your life as much as they need each other. " --Telegram.com