‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ opens this week at the Edward King House

Photos by Carmela Geer

The Studio at the Edward King House presents, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. Directed by Cherie Rowe and featuring Rob Reimer and David Allard. A true story of Mitch Albom, a journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. 16 years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie on a TV program and learns that he is battling ALS. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a last class on the meaning of life. 

Cherie Samantha Rowe’s first role was the Angel Gabriel in her school nativity play at age 5 in England. At 44, she made her debut on an American stage, Summer 2018 as a female Polonius in Seaside Stage Society’s production of Hamlet. In the interim, she has trained with Birmingham Stage School, Solihull Young Drama,Birmingham School of Acting as an adult where she was awarded LAMDA Gold Medal with Distinction (London Academy of Music& Dramatic Arts).

On becoming Principal of an independent college at 30, Cherie returned to theatre for ‘pleasure’ and became a member of The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, established in 1924. There, Cherie acted in
over twelve productions, directed six plays as well as being a board member. In real life, she was a Principal, taught GCSE (High School Diploma) and A-Level (12th Grade / Freshman) Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies and examined nationally 5000+ students for England’s standardized tests in Theatre and Literature.

Cherie, a resident of Newport since 2016, is delighted to have found the ensemble at The Studio, Edward King House and is hopeful that the
relationship won’t be ‘just till June.’ Cherie graces us with her directorial prowess in a way that touches the heart and soul.

This is David Allard’s first production in twenty years. Returning to the stage for such an important show has been the gift of a lifetime. David has performed in several Neil Simon productions as well as in To Kill A Mockingbird, which is his favorite book. David has worked for both Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. He currently resides in Newport with  his partner Luis and works in public relations consulting in Providence. He masters his character’s transition from self-centered to open hearted that brings a tear to the eye.

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Rob Reimer has been with The Studio at the Edward King House since its inception in 2016.  He is an incredibly versatile actor and director in his own right.   He brings Morrie to life  with every fiber of his being and takes the audience along for the ride.

The production opens on Thursday, May 30th and runs to Sunday, June 9th.  Tickets are available online at www.edwardkinghouse.org or by calling 401-846-7426 ext 2.


Photos by Carmela Geer

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