PRESS RELEASE: OxACT's Tuesdays with Morrie opens April 24.
The Oxford Area Community Theater (OxACT) production of Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Scott Shriver, opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Oxford Community Arts Center. The play is based on Albom's book Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, the best-selling memoir of all time. It is the autobiography of Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor.
Albom rediscovered Morrie , who was dying of ALS ("Lou Gehrig's disease"), in the last months of the older man's life. Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class" lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
This special production is made more poignant by the life-long friendship of Shriver, the director, and actor Burt McCollom, who plays Morrie. McCollom, of Cincinnati, is a multi-award winning actor/director active in Greater Cincinnati and regional theatre. He most recently received the 2014 ACT-Cincinnati Roger Grooms Award. He last performed with OxACT 28 years ago, and is coming full circle now in this production directed by Shriver. McCollom, in his role as the Talawanda High School theatre director (1970-1975). first directed Shriver, then a student, onstage. McCollom was director of theatre at Finneytown High School (1976-2001), where his program was recognized as National Center for Excellence in Drama. Shriver later conducted his student teaching residency under McCollom at Finneytown.
Jeff Miller, who plays Mitch Albom, performed with McCollom in Tuesdays with Morrie in the 2009 Mad Anthony Theatre production. "Actors don't often get a chance in theatre to revisit a part they've done in the past and explore it," Miller said. "We've both had a multitude of experiences since that performance of Morrie," McCollom said. "Every director's interpretation of a play is different. Scott adds his personal humanity to this production."
The OxACT production also includes music performed by Lisa Biales (the "Belle of the Blues") and pianist John Bercaw. Tickets, $12 general, are available online through our link above, or at http://oxactmorrie.brownpapertickets.com, or may be reserved by calling the OxACT box office at 523-6228. They will also be available at the door. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 24 and 26, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3 (note that Sunday, May 3, is an evening performance, not a matinee), at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Avenue, Oxford.
The Oxford Area Community Theatre has been serving the residents of Oxford, OH and surrounding communities since 1980. As a result of the first organizational meeting at the public library, a number of individuals and businesses pooled their resources to establish a vital, dynamic theatre company dedicated to giving local residents the opportunity to not only see quality theatre, but to also participate in every aspect of theatrical production. Over thirty years and one hundred productions later, OxACT is still going strong.
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