Tuesdays with Morrie
After graduating from the college for sixteen years, Mitch, a sport columnist, feels lost when chasing life goals. At this time, he sees his college professor, Morrie, on TV. Morrie had high expectations of him in the college but now he is diagnosed Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and is dying with only few months to live. Mitch decides to visit and has a reunion with him.
At first, Morrie refuses to accept that this mishap befalls him. Afterwards, he gradually walks from the sorrow and does not hope to wither away into nothing. To avoiding walking into the darkness of death and feeling ashamed, Morrie uses his remaining time to study “death,” taking himself as living teaching materials. He teaches the most truthful life experiences to this sophisticated, indifferent, and materialistic student, Mitch. Through Mitch, Morrie hopes to preserve records of his own experiences and views about existence. He employs fourteen Tuesdays to embark on conversations about life and death.
The fourteen lessons come to an end after all; however, they have deeply affected Mitch and taught him to reexamine the values in life. We do not have to be full of scars to learn the meaning of being alive. Someone’s life is similar to grains of sands in an oyster, which can transform tortures and pains into pearls. To know how to appreciate these pearls is like having a life lesson. Professor Morrie’s wise remarks not only bring us wisdom and hope, but also encourage us to more vigorously grasp limited time to live out the values and meanings of life.
Artistic Director James Chi-Ming Liang
Director& Script Translation Daniel S. P. Yang
Original Book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Script Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom
Costume Design Yimeei Wang
Set Design Dar-Lurn Liu
Lighting Design An-Huei Tsao
Sound Design Jeff Mockus
Visual Design Ethan Wang
Stage Manager Nuo-Hsing Huang , Oliver Chen, Irene Fang & Chin-Chien Lin
2011/2/24，The Metropolitan Hall, Taipei
This play is the most-performed production with the first version of the Godot Theatre Company. It has been running for ten years with nearly three hundred performances with a single version. It is such a rare record in the Chinese-language theatre. With the role as Morrie, the national-treasure-level actor Jin Shijie garnered the Modern Drama Valley One Drama award for the Best Leading Actor and the Magnolia Drama Performing Arts Award in 2012. These recognitions made this play become a must-see classic in Chinese-language theatre. Other than the performances in Taiwan every year, it has also continuously toured in numerous cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin, Hangzou, Xiamen, Xi’an, Suzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Shenzhen, and Wuhan. It was also invited to Hongkong and Singapore as well.