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Bishop’s Writers Actors Guild presents ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’: Stage adaptation of best-selling book, in Bishop and Mammoth

March 9, 2012

Fans of theater and literature have been looking forward to the Writers Actors Guild “Tuesdays with Morrie,” which opened last night at Mill Creek, north of Bishop.

The production, directed by Marcus Nobreus of Bishop, features Nobreus as Mitch Albom, the author of the book, and Bob Struckman as the terminally-ill Morrie.
 
Though the title is all about Morrie, Nobreus said both the book and the stage play really is a coming-of-age drama about Albom.
 
The book has spent many weeks on the best-seller lists, and recently was made into a television adaptation.
 
It is to play through Sunday afternoon at Mill Creek, and then moves to Mammoth’s Edison Theatre on March 15-18. Both Sunday productions are matinees, Nobreus said. Tickets are $12 in advance (760-872-2446) and $15 at the door.
 
The story is straightforward. A Detroit Free Press journalist (Albom) recounts his weekly visits with a dying teacher who, years before, had set him straight.
 
From Amazon.com’s Gail Hudson, came this review of the book:
 
“This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. 
 
For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. 
 
“It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? 
 
“Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz—a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. 
 
“And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie’s final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully.”
 
The stage adaptation is perfectly suited for a small company like the Writers Actors Guild.
 
It is in two acts, but is only 1-hour, 40-minutes in length, and has but two actors on the stage, in this case Nobreus and Struckman.
 
In a nice little twist of irony, Struckman himself formerly taught at UC Berkeley, giving him all kinds of credibility, even before the play begins.
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