Little did Morrie Schwartz realize during his lifetime that his wisdom would touch millions; an international bestselling book, a movie and then a play.
Their cumulative impact on readers, movie lovers and theatre goers certainly proves the adage that one good teacher’s influence on just one good student can affect positively on the lives of many.
‘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 programme 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 every Tuesday and a last class in the meaning of life. It is a heartwarming exploration of friendship and life. It will make you cry, think, feel, but above all it will make you laugh.
‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ is a phenomenon. The book topped the best-seller list for several years and it was so successful that a movie and then a play followed.
The Irish production of the play - the first outside the USA - was mounted in 2012 and it has since enjoyed extraordinary success. In a lengthy tour it has visited the Gaiety Theatre on three separate runs and has played in virtually every major theatre in the country.
The response of audiences has been overwhelmingly positive and press critics have heaped praise on the production, especially the two acting performances - Terry Byrne as Morrie and Andrew Murray as Mitch. The play is directed and produced by Breda Cashe.
‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ features at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on October 17th and October 18th at 8pm. Tickets: €18 (€16 concession & €10 for students).