The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.
"Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous." —NY Magazine.
"Making the language of the book crisper, cleverer and more palatableaphoristic wisdom, expressed with gallows wit." —NY Times.
"A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor." —NY Daily News.
GANNON MCHALE (Morrie) Playhouse on Park debut! Broadway/Off-Broadway: JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FAME ON 42nd STREET, THE GOD COMMITTEE, THE FANTASTICKS, FINAL ANALYSIS. Recent Regional Theatre: Baron von Strack in AMADEUS for Baltimore's Center Stage. Film: Aaron Haddam in Stephen Spielberg's LINCOLN. Author of STEALTH BOAT: Fighting the Cold War in a Fast Attack Submarine (Naval Institute Press, 2008). For my poetic friend, William Clay.
CHRIS RICHARDS (Mitch) Playhouse on Park debut! Off Broadway/NYC: Pearl Theatre Company: THE PHILANDERER, THE MISANTHROPE; Mint Theatre Company: I AM A CAMERA, MEETING MOLNAR; Project Shaw: THE LEAGUE OF YOUTH WORLD PREMIERE; The Gallery Players: Richard II in RICHARD II. Regional: Cleveland Play House (2015 Regional Tony Award Winner), Great Lakes Theater, DOBAMA Theater, The Festival Stage of Winston Salem, The Barn Theater, Lakeland Civic, The Beck Center, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Porthouse. Film/TV: BACHELORETTE (with Kirsten Dunst), MADAME SECRETARY (CBS), THE KNICK (Cinemax), ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix). Upcoming: Interplay Jewish Theater: Alan/David Zuckerman in EXQUISITE POTENTIAL (November 2015) and DOBAMA Theater: John Jones in the regional premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES (January 2016). Training: B.F.A. Musical Theatre Performance, Kent State University. Proud member of AEA and SAGAFTRA. Deepest thanks to Sasha, Sean, and Darlene for the opportunity to spend these Tuesdays together. Love to Shatz & Dom. For them as always, and for all the real life Morries I've been fortunate enough to know (especially Dr. Bank). Everyone is invited to check out www.chrisrichardsonline.com for updates, Facebook connecting, Twitter following, and all that stuff.
SASHA BRÄTT (Director) Directing (Selected): Playhouse on Park: OTHELLO – Winner Best Play 2013, Nominee Best Director - broadwayworld.com; THE DINING ROOM. Playwrights on Park Reading Series: THIS LIVING HAND; COLLISION; KUNSTLER. Seven Angels Theatre: ROMANCE LANGUAGE. FringeNYC: LADY MACBETH AND HER LOVER; BABY HUBRIS; PILOT FISH; Source Festival: QUALITIES OF STARLIGHT; Midtown International Theater Festival: FRAME 313. Capital Fringe: THE WEBCAM PLAY; A YEAR OF GIVING; OBLIVION; Rockville Little Theatre: THE LARAMIE PROJECT; Theater J/Catholic University: THE UNSEEN [reading]; Catholic University: THE MYSTERY PLAYS; LE CID. Assistant Director Selected: Woolly Mammoth Theater Company: BOOTYCANDY; Folger Shakespeare Theatre: OTHELLO; New York Music Theatre Festival: SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON; Olney Theatre Center: DINNER WITH FRIENDS; Academy of Classical Acting: THE MALCONTENT. Literary Manager at Playhouse on Park and the coordinator of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Founded Iron Spike Theatre Company this past summer and directed its inaugural production, LADY MACBETH AND HER LOVER at Fringe NYC. Training: Masters in Theatre Education and MFA in Directing from Catholic University. Associate member of SDC. xoJAMSxo. @DirectorSasha www.sashabratt.com