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KTG’s ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ gets an encore

Staff reports • Aug 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Kingsport Theatre Guild’s production of “Tuesdays With Morrie” is getting an encore.

After a weekend-long run in May, the play — based on a memoir by best-selling author Mitch Albom — will return for a single performance at 7 p.m., Sept. 8 at Mafair United Methodist Church in Kingsport, to be followed by a reception hosted by Wellmont Hospice.

Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken for the ALS Association of East Tennessee.

The play recounts the Tuesday visits between Albom, a sports writer for the Detroit Free Press, and Morrie Schwartz, Albom’s former sociology professor who was dying from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Schwartz was born in 1916 and taught sociology at Brandeis University from 1959 to 1995, when he began to lose control of his body to ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord.

Sixteen years after his graduation, Albom was reunited with his favorite professor, and the time they spent together before Schwartz’s death resulted in “Tuesdays with Morrie.” During their weekly visits, Schwartz shared his life experiences and wisdom with his former student, in essence changing Albom’s life.

Lynn Sorrell and Steve Humphrey will reprise their roles as Schwartz and Albom, respectively. The play is directed by Kenn Naegele.

“It’s very sad, but overall it’s about Morrie teaching Mitch how to live,” Naegele said. “You can’t help but be sad because you get to love Morrie and don’t want to see him die. It’s way more about how you live your life than Morrie dying.”

“Tuesdays with Morrie” isn’t appropriate for very young children, but it is for middle schoolers — depending on their maturity — and teens.

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