Tuesdays With Morrie
Tuesdays With Morrie
A Dramedy About Life’s Greatest Lesson
August 28 - September 19, 2015
“Take in as much joy as you can.”
by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom
based on the book by Mitch Albom
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a play so touching, powerful and celebratory it may change your outlook on life.
In this humorous and heartbreaking piece, career-obsessed journalist Mitch reunites with his past-teacher Morrie, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). This reconnection soon becomes both a weekly pilgrimage and a life-affirming ritual that enables Morrie to teach his final and most important lesson – how to live. This hit story about friendship and the necessity of mentors is a rare gem that is both moving and entertaining.
"A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor."
- New York Daily News
"This is a play that might - incredibly just might - change your life."
- New York Magazine
"You'll laugh! You'll cry!"
"Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous."
- New York Magazine
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance:
September 12, 2:30pm
For more information, please call Amanda at 613-382-7086 ext 3
Thursday September 17, 2015, 11:00am
With affordable group rates, free workshops, a curriculum-based study guide, and a post-show Q&A with the actors, your students will connect directly with some of Canada’s most prominent professional artists. < Read More
Tuesday to Saturday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . 2:30pm
(No Saturday matinee on opening day of shows)
Running Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes with no intermission.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance: September 12, 2:30pm
CastMorrie: Ian D. Clark
Mitch: Geoffrey Pounsett
CreativeDirector: David Jansen
Set & Costume Designer: Gillian Gallow
Sound Designer: Chris Stanton
Lighting Designer: Jason Hand
Associate Lighting Designer: Siobhán Sleath
Stage Manager: Isabelle Ly
Apprentice Stage Manager: Katie Honek
Assistant Director: Luke Brown
LUKE BROWN (Assistant Director)
For the Playhouse: Bird Brain (Young Company).
Elsewhere: Acting credits include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Assassins (Queen’s Musical Theatre). Directing credits include: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Almost, Maine (5th Company Lane Productions).
Upcoming: Company (QMT).
Other: Luke is entering his final year in the Department of Drama at Queen’s University where he is Artistic Director of the student-run theatre company 5th Company Lane Productions, as well as director of the upcoming Queen’s Musical Theatre production.
IAN D. CLARK (Morrie)
For the Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest, Trying, Till it Hurts, Half Life, Assorted Candies.
Elsewhere: The Foreigner, Stuff Happens (Royal Alexandra); NSFW, Cock (Studio 180 – Toronto Theatre Critics Award); British Rubbish (Bradford Centre, Boston – Broadway optioned- author/star); Constant Wife (Coconut Grove, Miami – Best Actor); Humble Boy (Tarragon); Singer (Canadian Stage).
TV/Film: Equus, Lilies, 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould, That Old Feeling, Cruel Intentions 2, The Arrow, The Associates, The Boy in Blue, Saving Hope, Flashpoint, Reign, Road to Avonlea (Simon Tremayne).
Other: Stratford/Shaw Festival veteran. Lead roles on every major Canadian stage. Invited 9 times to the famed Walnut St Theatre, Philadelphia. He can currently be seen in the web series Carmilla.
Upcoming: He has completed filming the latest “Assassins Creed – Syndicate” and another Murdoch Mysteries episode (“Marked Twain”) with William Shatner, both due in October. He is a playwright, holds an M.A. from McGill, is an Academy jury member, and is a long time resident of Kingston.
GILLIAN GALLOW (Set & Costume Designer)
For the Playhouse: She Loves Me, Marvellous Wonderettes, Blood Brothers, Storm Warning, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl.
Elsewhere: The Three Musketeers, The Physicists (costumes, The Stratford Festival); Hirsch(set/costumes, The Stratford Festival); King Lear, Stuff Happens, Thirsty (set/costumes, NAC); Mary Poppins (costumes; Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Venus in Fur (MTC); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, Theatre Calgary/MTC); God of Carnage (set/costume, MTC/Vancouver Playhouse); Dust (costumes, ATP/Human Cargo); Night (set/costumes, Human Cargo/NAC); Calendar Girls (set/costume, The Grand Theatre); Appetite (Volcano/TPM); The Mill (set, Theatrefront); Awake and Sing! (costumes, Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella (costumes, The Grand Theatre).
Upcoming: Seminar (MTC), The Road to Paradise (Buddies).
Other: She is the recipient of 3 Dora Mavor Moore awards.
JASON HAND (Lighting Designer)
For the Playhouse: Third Floor, The Ugly One.
Elsewhere: Arms and the Man (Shaw); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); The Arsonists, This, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale (Canadian Stage); Blue Planet, James and the Giant Peach (YPT); The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, An Enemy of the People, Abyss (Tarragon Theatre); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/Tarragon Theatre); The Trespassers (Stratford); Dear Johnny Deere (Theatre Calgary); South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz (Drayton Entertainment); The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Lyra); Macbeth (Minnesota Opera); Carmen (Vancouver Opera); The Tales of Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera); #UncleJohn, Pelléas et Mélisande, Figaro’s Wedding, La Bohème, Turn of the Screw (Against the Grain).
Upcoming: Carmen (Canadian Opera Company).
Other: Protégé recipient of 2012 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and three Dora Nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design.
KATIE HONEK (Apprentice Stage Manager)
For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance.
Elsewhere: Orpheus and Eurydice (Opera Atelier); Sextet (Tarragon Theatre); Alice Through the Looking-Glass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: a chamber play (Stratford Festival); Free Outgoing (Nightwood Theatre). As Stage Manager: Ohio & Tadeu end their lives in Montague Parkette (Rhubarb Festival: Buddies In Bad Times); Lear (Fanshawe College). As Assistant Stage Manager: Dance Weekend 2013-2015 (Dance Ontario); Treehouse TV’s Big Day Out (Paquin Entertainment).
Upcoming: Wormwood, You Will Remember Me (Tarragon Theatre).
Other: Graduate with Joint Honours in Music and Drama at the University of Waterloo. Recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2014, Stratford Festival).
DAVID JANSEN (Director)
For the Playhouse: Debut.
Elsewhere: The Plough and the Stars (Ryerson Theatre School); An Enemy of the People (Assistant Director, Tarragon Theatre); Have I None (Edward Bond Festival); Kaspar and the Sea of Houses (with Birgit Schreyer-Duarte, SummerWorks Festival 2011); Betrayal (BeMe Theatre, Munich); The Return of Corporal Mazenet (SummerWorks Festival 2010); Attempts on her Life (with Jennifer Tarver, Ryerson Theatre School).
Other: David and Birgit’s production of Kaspar and the Sea of Houses won the SummerWorks prize for Outstanding Production. As an actor, David has appeared in leading and supporting roles in various theatres across Canada and the U.K., including Canadian Stage, The Shaw Festival, The Peter Hall Company, and The Stratford Festival. He lives in Niagara on the Lake with his wife Fiona, and two daughters, Molly and Nora.
ISABELLE LY (Stage Manager)
For the Playhouse: 10th Season, including Closer Than Ever, Driving Miss Daisy, Boeing Boeing, Little Shop of Horrors, Summer of My Amazing Luck, Anne and Gilbert, Perfect Pie, Anne of Green Gables.
Elsewhere: Infinity (Tarragon Theatre/Volcano Theatre); 4 seasons with Western Canada Theatre including: Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Where the Blood Mixes (WCT/Theatre Aquarius); Palace of the End (Canadian Stage); The Eco Show, Insomnia (Necessary Angel); What Lies Before Us (Crow’s Theatre/Canadian Stage); Interim School Technical Coordinator and rehearsal ASM on the world premiere of the ballet Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Upcoming: Stage Manager for Mary Poppins (WCT/Persephone Theatre).
Other: Isabelle is currently the Interim Marketing Manager with TIP, and has held various Marketing and PR positions with the Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall, Nightwood Theatre, Soundstreams, and the Luminato Festival. Isabelle is a graduate of the drama department at Queen’s University, and so excited to be celebrating 10 years with TIP!
GEOFFREY POUNSETT (Mitch)
For the Playhouse: Debut.
Elsewhere: War Horse (Mirvish); No Great Mischief, If We Were Birds, Alias Godot, Chimera (Tarragon); Zadie’s Shoes, The Leisure Society (Factory); Romeo & Juliet, Juno & the Paycock, Oedipus Rex, Cyrano de Bergerac (Stratford Festival); Fire, The Philadelphia Story (Theatre Calgary); You Will Remember Me, How Do I Love Thee?, Games, Abraham Lincoln Goes To The Theatre (ATP); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Few Good Men (Neptune); Doubt (Theatre Northwest).
Other: Geoffrey is a Dora-nominated director and the co-Artistic Director of the Toronto performance company The Room, as well as proud husband to performer and playwright Madeleine Donohue and delighted dada to Arthur and Rosaline. He is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Queen’s University.
SIOBHAN SLEATH (Associate Lighting Designer)
For the Playhouse: Debut.
Elsewhere: Siobhán’s recent credits include lighting design of Sexy Laundry (Drayton Entertainment); The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); The Creditors (Coal Mine Theatre); Therefore Choose Life and Stars of David (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); My Dinner with Casey Donovan (The Cabaret Company); Seismology (Anandam Dancetheatre); Avenue Q (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Elegies: A Song Cycle (Acting Up Stage); and The Last Resort (Globe Theatre).
Upcoming: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (STC); A Year with Frog and Toad and Shrek (Neptune Theatre).
Other: Siobhán was nominated for a Pauline McGibbon Award in 2014.
CHRISTOPHER STANTON (Sound Designer)
For the Playhouse: Debut.
Elsewhere: Tragedy: A Tragedy (Summerworks/Nightfall); Possible Worlds (Stratford); Ajax & Little Iliad (World Stage/Brisbane Festival/Dublin Fringe/Wiener Festwochen); Jacob & Nova (Dancemakers); New Electric Ballroom (MacKenzieRo); Gruesome Playground Injuries (BirdLand); The Tin Drum, Minotaur (UnSpun).
Upcoming: The Winter’s Tale (Groundling).
Other: Chris has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards as a performer (winning in 2011), five as a sound designer, and two as a director. He was nominated for a Pauline McGibbon award for his work as a director. Chris is also the Artistic Producer of the Toronto-based indie theatre performance company, ARC.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at the Thousand Islands Playhouse
Photos by Jay Bridges, 2015
Ashlie’s Inside Story
A gratifying, sentimental journey
by Peter Hendra, The Kingston-Whig Standard, September 3, 2015
“Once you learn how to die,” Morrie Schwartz advises, “you learn how to live.” That is but one of the many insights Schwartz — who was diagnosed as having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and died in 1995 — offers in the play Tuesdays with Morrie, now playing at the Thousand Islands Playhouse <Read More.
Theatre Review: “Tuesdays With Morrie” at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
by Connie Meng, North Country Public Radio, September 3, 2015
Mitch Albom’s memoir “Tuesdays with Morrie” is the best-selling memoir of all time, with nearly ten million copies sold worldwide. “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher based on Mitch Albom’s book is currently running at the 1000 Islands Playhouse. It’s such a good production of such a good play that this is an easy review to write. All I really want to say is don’t miss it, but I guess that’s a little too brief. <Read More.
Tuesdays With Morrie Theater Review
by Craig Thornton, Craig’s To Do List – WWNY TV, September 1, 2015
Wow! If you only see one play this month, it better be this one at the 1000 Island Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario <Read More.
Love Conquers All in “Tuesdays With Morrie”
by Lorraine Payette, A Fresh News Start, August 30, 2015
There is an unexpected power and poignancy to “Tuesdays With Morrie”. While the play is about death and dying, at the same time it is filled with warmth and humour, daring us to look the spectre in the face and readying us to greet it not just as a natural process when it comes, but as an old friend reaching out to give us one final embrace. <Read More.
Video Preview of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Eastern Ontario Network, August 28th, 2015
Watch a video preview of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, plus an interview with Director, David Jansen! Click here.