Artists’ Ensemble opens Tuesdays with Morrie March 16

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Rod MacDonald stars as Morrie Schwartz, a retired sociology professor who has some final lessons for his former student.

It didn’t start out to be a book. Mitch Albom just taped his Tuesday visits with his favorite teacher, Morrie, who was terminally ill. But Morrie was worried about his family and the high costs of his health care. So Mitch wrote “a small book” that would, everyone hoped, pay a few medical bills.

Tuesdays with Morrie became a phenomenon—with nearly four years atop The New York Times best-seller list. An Emmy-winning television film followed, and, most recently, a stage adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom.

Artists’ Ensemble (AE) opens its own production of Tuesdays with Morrie March 16 at Rockford College’s Cheek Theatre. A special March 14 performance will be staged at 7:30 p.m. for New American Theater ticket-holders only.

Rod MacDonald stars as Morrie Schwartz, the retired sociology professor who has some final lessons to teach his former favorite student, Mitch, played by Artistic Director Richard Raether.

Steve Vrtol directs, insisting he is “pleased to work with these two veteran actors, take partial credit for their work and steal their best stuff for later use.”

Tuesdays with Morrie runs through April 1. An extra Thursday performance has been added for 7:30 p.m., March 29. Tickets for the Thursday performance only get a $2 discount off full price and senior tickets.

AE tickets may be purchased through the Rockford College box office at 815-226-4100. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors and $10 for students. AE is on the Web at

from the issue March 14-20, 2007, issue

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