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Evergreen Family Theatre presents 'Tuesdays with Morrie'

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Evergreen Family Theatre's Huy Nguyen and Tony Ventrella.
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Evergreen Family Theatre will present the poignant and humorous adaptation of "Tuesdays with Morrie," co-adapted by author Mitch Albom, on June 12-14 and 19-21 at the RedWood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road.

As a student at Brandeis University in the late 1970s, Albom was drawn to his sociology professor, Morris Schwartz. On graduation, he vowed to keep in touch with him, which he failed to do until 1994 when he saw a segment about Schwartz on the TV program Nightline and learned that he had just been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. The story chronicles 14 Tuesdays spent getting reacquainted with his professor, who was succumbing to ALS, a neurological illness that steadily leaves “a man frozen inside his own flesh.”

Tony Ventrella plays the professor who chooses to go graciously into the night and Huy Nguyen play his student.

TV newsman Ventrella, who interviewed the playwright years ago, was the keynote speaker at the ALS Association’s luncheon at the Westin in Seattle this past April. To raise awareness and financial support, Evergreen Family Theatre is offering proceeds for the June 19 performance to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. June 12-14 and 19-21 with 2 p.m. performances on June 14 and 21.

Tickets are $14/general and $12/seniors and students. They can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. Day-of-show tickets may be purchased at the door. Audience members age 12 and up will enjoy the humor and sometimes gritty, honest dialog.

 

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