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A.D. Players Opens 2019 with a Powerful Story of Life & Friendship

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Experience the beloved story, Tuesdays with Morrie by bestselling author Mitch Albom, from January 25th until February 10th. This timeless story reminds us of life’s most valuable moments and the option we have to live fulfilling and worthwhile lives. With two Broadway veterans, the show opens A.D. Player’s year with a story that resonates with all people for all the right reasons.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff McMorrough

Any book-lover will tell you that Tuesdays with Morrie is one of those books you can’t quite get out of your head. This New York Times Bestseller reminds readers education truly never ends and the most valuable lesson is the one which teaches us how to live and love one another. The book is almost like a giant life lesson in the span of almost 200 pages. It explores the power of friendship and love and the necessary acceptance of death. Through author Mitch Albom and his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz, we learn about ourselves and each other through the wisdom shared in their conversations. As Morrie slowly succumbs to ALS, the two spend every Tuesday together, comparing their time to a class in which Albom is the only student and the subject is “The Meaning of Life”. The book is Albom’s final paper.

The book is loaded with quotable moments, but one that summarizes this beloved book is, “Learn how to live and you’ll know how to die; learn how to die, and you’ll know how to live.” With this in mind, we, too, find ourselves as students in Morrie’s “The Meaning of Life” course, understanding we are all tasked with the same thing: to intentionally live.

Tuesdays with Morrie has become so popular, that Oprah Winfrey produced a 1999 TV movie adaptation. Additionally, in 2002, the book was adapted as a stage play which was co-authored by Mitch Albom.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff McMorrough

A.D. Players at The George lifts Tuesdays with Morrie from the pages and onto the stage as they open their 2019 season on January 25th until February 10th. The show also welcomes Broadway veterans Kevin Cooney and Jake Speck, who will both grace the A.D. Players stage for the first time.

Speck, the Executive Director of A.D. Players, has performed on Broadway with Jersey Boys and in off-broadway shows such as Les Miserables, Spamalot, Twelve Angry Men, The Fastest Woman Alive, and more. Speck is excited to take the stage as Mitch Albom. He’s excited to perform, commenting that it is “always an honor to tell a story that uplifts and inspires. “Tuesdays with Morrie” does both of those things in spades.”

This is also Cooney’s first time on the A.D. Player stage, however, audiences may recognize him from the many shows at TUTS in Houston, as well as in his various appearances in film and television, such as Legally Blonde, 23 Blast, and more. Cooney’s roots began here in Houston, so this Texas native is eager to share the story with fellow Texans.

Like the actual Morrie and Mitch, Speck and Cooney have “a tremendous chemistry together,” as Director Jennifer Dean notes, “It’s such a gift to have two veteran actors to tackle this beautiful show.” Dean calls the show a “heart check” and explains the story has encouraged her to think about her own life, an effect she hopes the show will also have on its audiences. While it is a show full of life lessons, it also provides comedic relief for audiences. Speck believes audiences “will be surprised by how much they will laugh in this production.”

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With their strong opening of Tuesdays with Morrie, they expects a successful year of many exciting works they have planned for 2019.  

Founded in 1967, A.D. Players continues to bring a diverse and enriching experience to Houston. Speck speaks to their rich theater experience, “We have a fabulous team of artists, administrators and technicians here at the George Theater! They are the magic makers!” He even hinted at what theater-goers can expect in the season, “We have some amazing shows coming up and several firsts…”West Side Story” will be our big summer musical and is hands down the largest show we have ever produced. Then our new season will launch in the Fall with an original, commissioned world premiere that we can’t quite tell you about yet, but boy are we excited!”

Experience the start of an exciting season with Tuesdays with Morrie and don’t miss out on this season of firsts and fine works.

The show will run until February 10 and tickets are available online or by calling The George Box Office at 713.526.2721

Feature Photo Courtesy of A.D Players.

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