Rita Kohn

Tuesdays With Morrie runs Jan. 17-22 at Clowes as part of Broadway in Indianapolis.

Harold Gould stars as professor Morris Schwartz, whose life becomes enriched as he grapples with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Dominic Fumusa co-stars as the student who returns 16 years following graduation for "the final class" with his beloved Brandeis University sociology professor.

The book is one of the most uplifting essays on how to live. The play, by sports writer Mitch Albom and playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, is equally heart-warming.

How can death be so inspirational? Morrie isn't your run-of-the-mill human being. He's crusty, loving, honest and huggable. Morrie grapples with essential questions surrounding love, responsibility, spirituality, awareness. Here are just a few of the succinct quotes: "The biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don't see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can be."

"Be compassionate and take responsibility for each other."

"People are only mean when they are threatened."

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and how to let it come in ... love is the only rational act."

The play unfolds the relationship between mentor and visitor, and brings us into the transformations.

Tickets are available through the Clowes Hall box office, 317-940-6444,, or through Ticketmaster, 317-239-5151.


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