Provided by Prince William Little Theatre
Mitch Albom recently reflected on the 20-year anniversary of his best-selling memoir Tuesdays with Morrie and the lessons taken from his relationship with his mentor friend Morrie Schwartz. “What I’ve realized is that the effect you have in this world is not in your wealth or your place on a magazine’s Top 100 list; it’s in every soul you touch and every young one you teach.” 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. Newspaper sports columnist Albom recounts the time spent with Morrie, 78-year-old sociology professor at Brandeis University, who was dying from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Albom, a former student of Schwartz, had not corresponded with him since attending his college classes 16 years earlier.
The award-winning Prince William Little Theatre (PWLT) will bring Tuesdays with Morrie to the Hylton Performing Arts Center for two weekends beginning March 16. PWLT’s recent production of The Diary of Anne Frank received critical acclaim and garnered four WATCH nominations for their beautiful storytelling. This production should be no different in the capable hands of Michael Clendenin, playing the part of Mitch, and Richard Fiske as Morrie.
ALS is a disease near and dear many of us in the local community theater community. Joel Markowitz, co-founder of DC Metro Theatre Arts, succumbed to ALS late last year. Director Harry Kantrovich also has a deep connection to the play and its subject matter, and also lost a friend to ALS many years ago. Kantrovich notes that, “since Joel’s diagnosis in March 2017, he continued his life’s passion as a champion of the theatre. Even as ALS made it more difficult for him, Joel carried on with dignity and his well-known sense of humor.” Prince William Little Theatre and Director Kantrovich are dedicating this production to Joel.
Literature and resources about ALS will be available at each performance. An ALS Association representative will also be available at one of the performances to discuss and answer questions from audiences. Dates and times will be posted to pwlt.org and on PWLT’s Facebook page at facebook.com/princewilliamlittletheatre.
Tickets can be purchased through Hylton Performing Arts Center’s box office in person, or on their website at hyltoncenter.org/calendar/1076/.
Performances are in the Gregory Family Theater at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the George Mason University campus at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas on the following dates and times:
March 16, 2018 at 8:00 p. m.
March 17, 2018 at 8:00 p. m.
March 18, 2018 at 2:00 p. m.
March 23, 2018 at 8:00 p. m.
March 24, 2018 at 8:00 p. m.
March 25, 2018 at 2:00 p. m.
Providing quality local community theatre since 1984, the all-volunteer group Prince William Little Theatre is partly funded by grants from the Prince William County Parks Authority, the City of Manassas and private contributions. PWLT has won multiple NVTA One Act Festival awards and Virginia Theatre Association awards since 1991, and has received many Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) awards and nominations.