A duo of pros in "Tuesdays with Morrie" at Saint Michaels Playhouse

By: Buff Lindau

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Left: Bernie Passeltiner (Morrie); Right: Christian Kohn (Mitch) Photo by Brian MacDonald

A duo of experienced pros with extensive Broadway, regional and TV experience, Bernie Passeltiner, and Christian Kohn, will perform the powerful show Tuesdays with Morrie at the Saint Michael's Playhouse July 3-13. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and sportswriter Mitch Albom, the show will be staged, evenings at 8 p.m. on July 3, 5, 6, 9-13; matinees at 2 p.m. July 6 and 13.

Tuesdays with Morrie is described as "an inspiring, deeply moving, and wonderfully humorous story about learning to appreciate life while you are living it." When his former Brandeis professor is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a career-obsessed sportswriter plans one brief visit to reconnect and say goodbye. That meeting becomes a life-changing weekly event, as the teacher coaches the student on all matters of life, death, and the extraordinary power of love.

Director of Tuesdays with Morrie, Kenneth Kimmins said, "The key to being a director is find a good play, then hire superb actors and stay out of their way as much as possible."

As an actor Kenneth Kimmins has appeared on Broadway in The Music Man, Company, The Gingerbread Lady, Status Quo Vadis, Fig Leaves are Falling, The Magic Show. Television credits include Dallas, Coach, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Curb your Enthusiasm.  For Saint Michael's Playhouse Kenneth has directed Other People’s Money, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, Moonlight and Magnolias and Tally’s Folly. He is on the faculty of the Stella Adler Studios/NYU in New York City.

Cast (in their own words):

Bernie Passeltiner (Morrie) is delighted to be back at the Playhouse and to be reunited with Mr. Kimmins for whom he played the grandfather, Ben in Broadway Bound at Saint Michael’s Playhouse several years ago. He has appeared on Broadway in Café Crown, Goodbye Fidel, Yentl, and The Office and has toured nationally and internationally in West Side Story, Grand Hotel and Cyrano de Bergerac.He has been featured in 17 Off-Broadway shows including A Dybuk, Isn’t It Romantic, Kaddish and The Sunshine Boys. Regional theatre includes Morrie and other major roles at The Cleveland Playhouse; Manitoba Theatre Centre; Seagal Center, Montreal; Pittsburgh City Theater; Geva, Rochester; D.C.’s Arena Stage; Williamstown Theater Festival; Syracuse Stage and Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Selected TV & Film: Tootsie, 84 Charing Cross Road, What About Bob?, Law & Order, Ed, Kojak, Letterman  and Conan O’Brian.

Christian Kohn (Mitch) has worked extensively in New York, Chicago and the regional circuit. Some favorite productions he has appeared in are Hollywood Arms, with Hal Prince and Carol Burnett.  The title role in Sherlock Holmes: The Finale Adventure, An Ideal Husband , Trailerville, Death of A Salesman, Bug, The Real Hush-Hush , Phaedra directed by JoAnne Akalaitis, The Turn of the Screw, The Lion in Winter, The Gift Horse, David Copperfield  directed by Giles Havergal, Sideman,  Twelfth Night, and Mary Stuart, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Opus. He has been seen in Sleuth and Shakespeare in Hollywood at the New London Barn playhouse. Last summer he was seen in Unnecessary Farce and Over the Pub at Saint Michael’s Playhouse. He currently teaches in the Theater Department at Dartmouth College.

Creative Team

Producing Artistic Director, Chuck Tobin; Scenic Design, John Paul Devlin; Lighting Design, Lauren Stetson; Costume Design, Laurie Churba Kohn, and Properties Design, Jenna Manley.


Saint Michael's Playhouse has been producing professional theater since 1947 and is located in Colchester, Vermont minutes from downtown Burlington and Lake Champlain. For more information and tickets, visit or call 802.654.2281.  Ticket prices: $31.50 – $42.50

Rest of the 2013 Playhouse season

Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, Rumors, July 17 - 27, 2013, directed by Thomas Ouellette, evenings: 8:00 p.m. July 17–20, 23–27, matinees: 2:00 p.m. July 20, 27

"Four well-to-do couples gather in a tastefully appointed residence for a dinner party celebrating their hosts' anniversary. But when they arrive, they discover there is no dinner prepared, the hostess is missing, and the host, who is also the deputy mayor of New York City, has been shot. When the guests decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and the media, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity."
The sensational new blockbuster, Shout!  the mod musical, July 31 - August 10, 2013, directed by Playhouse favorite Keith Andrews, evenings: 8:00 p.m. July 31 - August 3, 6–10, matinees: 2:00 p.m. August 3, 10

"Shout! is the mod musical that brings back the smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60's. From cover to cover, Shout! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning of a new era. Everything in the period is recreated, from the fashions and dances to the music and hair. With an irresistible blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances, this delightful musical will make you want to stand up and SHOUT!"

Playhouse background and accolades

The Saint Michael's Playhouse is housed in the Saint Michael's College McCarthy Arts Center, one of the finest theater facilities in the state; the Playhouse attracts approximately 16,000 theatergoers each season.

Saint Michael's Playhouse, now in its 66th season, is an award-winning professional theater, recognized by NYC Drama League as "one of the best regional theater companies in America," and named "Best of New England" by Yankee Magazine. 

Saint Michael's Playhouse is a professional company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of Saint Michael's College. The Playhouse is Greater Burlington's only Actors' Equity resident theater company and as such operates under contract with Actors' Equity Association in New York City. At the same time, Saint Michael's College students have the opportunity to learn from the pros through internships in technical theater, costuming, lighting, set construction, and publicity.

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