‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ opens this weekend at Center Stage

Tuesdays with Morrie, under the direction of Gary and Francesca Scarpa, will open at Center Stage Theatre on Friday, Oct. 3.

The play will feature Stan Alpert as Morrie Schwartz and Brett Boles as Mitch Albom.

Alpert has previously appeared at Center Stage in Twelve Angry Men and Harvey. Boles is a longtime veteran of Center Stage and has appeared in such plays as Guys and Dolls, The Importance of Being Earnest and Inherit the Wind.

Based on Mitch Albom’s book and made-for-TV movie that starred Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon, the autobiographical story tells of a work-consumed sports journalist who is inspired to live life more fully when he reconnects with an old college professor, who is dying of ALS.

The play teaches lessons of acceptance, love, communication, values, openness and happiness.

“Ironically, we chose Tuesdays with Morrie before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing,” Gary Scarpa said. “Center Stage plans do our part to contribute to ALS during the run of Tuesdays by taking donations from our audiences at every performance.”

“Playing Mitch in Tuesdays With Morrie has caused me to examine my own priorities and relationships, said Boles, a Newtown resident. “I had a relationship with a college professor that was very similar to the relationship Mitch and Morrie shared.

“I reached out to him the other day, and I’m not sure I would have had the presence of mind to do so had it not been for this play,” he said.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. from Oct. 3 to 18; Sunday at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12 and 19; and Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. For tickets or information, go to centerstageshelton.org or call 203-225-6079.

The nonprofit Center Stage Theatre is at 54 Grove St., Shelton (former Lafayette School).