‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ comes alive at Timber Lake Playhouse

Staff Report

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) follows up its hit season-opener, A Chorus Line, with the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie opening Thursday, June 20.

Acclaimed Chicago director Chuck Smith returns to direct the show that stars longtime TLP favorites Robert Maher and Courtney Crouse in the story of an accomplished journalist who visits an old college professor and gets one final lesson on the meaning of life.

Albom’s book has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide since its release in 1997 and became a cultural touchstone. A TV movie starring Jack Lemmon was filmed in 1999. The stage adaptation was praised as “Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more humorous, more shattering.”

To celebrate the life-affirming themes of the play, TLP is looking for people to share their own stories of their mentors. Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, but most people have heroes in their lives they never thank. TLP will give away two tickets to each performance of Tuesdays with Morrie to people who have served as mentors to others. To nominate your mentor, e-mail info@timberlakeplayhouse.org with your name, your mentor’s name and contact information and a short explanation of how this person inspired you. TLP will pick 11 mentors to receive free tickets to the production.

Tuesdays with Morrie runs June 20-29 for 11 performances only. TLP is at 8215 Black Oak Road in rural Mount Carroll, Ill. Tickets are $15-$23 and are available at the box office, by calling (815) 244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. Following Tuesdays with Morrie, TLP will present The Music Man July 5-14, Unnecessary Farce July 18-27, Monty Python’s Spamalot Aug. 1-11. Seussical, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be presented for children and families July 9, 11, 12 and 13 and Aug. 6, 8, 9 and 10. All tickets to Seussical are $6.

From the June 19-25, 2013, issue

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