Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom
Based on the book by Mitch Albom
Directed by Jenna Place

Starring Michael Russotto and Cody Nickell


Based on the best-selling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie is the powerful and moving story of Mitch Albom, a hard-driving sportswriter, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Directed by Jenna Place, this tender yet profound play recounts the two men reuniting as Morrie faces his own mortality as an ALS patient. What starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a beautiful lesson in humanity, compassion, and friendship.

“A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” —NY Daily News

Socially-distanced seats are available–only through the Ticket Office at (202) 777-3210–for the following dates:

Saturday, November 13 at 8:00PM (Preview)
Sunday, November 14 at 2:00PM (Preview)
Friday, November 26 at 8:00PM
Saturday, November 27 at 2:00PM
Sunday, November 28 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30PM

Michael Russotto
Cody Nickell

Michael Russotto*:  Morrie Schwartz

Cody Nickell*:  Mitch Albom


Artistic & Production Team

Director:  Jenna Place

Scenic Designer:  Debra Kim Sivigny+

Costume Designer:  Ivania Stack+

Lighting Designer:  Andrew R. Cissna+

Sound Designer/Music Arrangements:  Matthew M. Nielson+

Resident Props Designer:  Pamela Weiner

Production Stage Manager:  Anthony O. Bullock*

Covid Safety Manager:  Jen Jacobs

Assistant Stage Manager:  Sarah Schlehlein

Assistant Stage Manager:  Carrie Edick


+Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Production Angels

Supporting Angels
Mara Bralove and Ari Fisher
Kathy Byrnes and John Immerwahr
Mindy Gasthalter
Ann and Frank Gilbert

Beyond the Stage 

Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering public discussion forums which explore the theatrical, cultural, and social elements of our art throughout the year. Below are the events planned during the run of Tuesdays with Morrie. All events are free and open to everyone. Guests and times subject to change.

Thursday, November 18 following the 8:00 PM performance
Cast Talkback: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an actor or to perform on stage at Theater J? Well, here’s your chance! Join members of the cast to ask your burning questions about their artistic practice and the production. With Michael Russotto and Cody Nickell. Moderated by Kevin Place.


Sunday, November 21 following the 2:00 PM performance
Creative Conversation: Setting the Stage
Debra Kim Sivigny, scenic designer, talks about understanding a play’s narrative through design, her creative process, and how the set for Tuesdays with Morrie came to life. Debra Kim Sivigny in conversation with Johanna Gruenhut


Sunday, November 28 following the 2:00 PM performance
Sunday Symposium: inside the Brain: A Neurologist’s Guide
Join Dr. Justin Kwan, director of the Neurodegeneration Disorders Clinic at the NIH and ALS research specialist, to learn about the disease and the advances made in medicine since Morrie Schwartz’s death. Moderated by Chad Kinsman.