by Randy Sabourin
One of the perks to working at e-roleplay is that almost everyone is a professional actor; as a result there is always someone with a show in production. I get invited to a lot of amazing live theatre. Recently I witnessed an outstanding play adapted from the book Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. I had heard of the book but had never read it. The quick synopsis is that Mitch reconnects with his old University mentor Morrie who is dying. Mitch reluctantly absorbs Morrie’s wisdom and it has a profound effect on his life.
The play was performed in a small intimate venue so the emotional effect was enhanced dramatically. Terrence Bryant, who is one of our senior roleplayers, played Morrie brilliantly and brought many, including me, to tears at the end of the performance. It was a moving experience. The underlying message of the book and play is simple but profound. Life is about making connections with people, being involved, having an impact with the people you love, your family, and the people in your community. Another of Morrie’s messages was a caution not to let technology remove us from making those connections. Mitch is constantly talking on his cell phone and not being ‘present’ in the moment throughout the play.