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7/13/2017 Life--and death--are themes of “Tuesdays with Morrie” Curtains rise tomorrow on drama
“Of course ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ opens conversations about death and dying, yet it also invites us to look more deeply into life and living.” So spoke Tom “Frosty” Frostman as he ruminated on his role in the stage play opening tomorrow evening in the historic Jones Theater. He portrays Morrie Schwartz, former Brandeis University sociology professor dying with ALS. Frostman enacts not only his Tuesday conversations from his hospital bed with his former student Mitch Albom, but also flash back encounters between the two at Brandeis sixteen years earlier. Albom is played by Riley Capp, Principia College summer drama intern. The two, under the direction of Scott Chapman, have developed their roles in harmony not only with the script and eponymous book, but in discussions with community members attending the public discussion of the play’s themes last Sunday afternoon in Lange Hall. In conversation with the three, it seems apparent that the impact of Albom’s reflections has had considerable impact on their preparations and stage delivery. Chapman has chosen a straightforward set, with spot lighting providing transitional scene shifting, along with musical interludes. “There is ‘space’ here for life, death, tragedy and humor, laughter and tears, and we hope we can carry audiences through all of it,” Chapman muses. Performances are this Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m.; the curtain times repeat on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 21, 22, and 23. The play is included in season ticket packages; at the door, adult admission is $20, students (18 and under) and active military $10, and kids 12 and under $5. Groups of eight or more can acquire discounted block tickets, which must be paid in advance. Further information is available at 783-3004 and online at www.jonestheater.com. –W.A. Ewing