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Monday, January 26, 2009

Tableau D'Hˆ¥te Production at Segal Centre February 2009 - MEDIA

World Premiˆ®re Celebrates 100th Birthday of Jewish Canadian Poet A. M. Klein

Tableau D'Hˆ¥te Theatre proudly brings the world premiˆ®re of Haunted House to the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. The play, written by poet and playwright, Endre Farkas, explores the life of A.M. Klein, one of Canada's most important poets whose 100th birthday will be celebrated this February, runs in the Segal Centre's Studio from February 18 to March 5.

Haunted House is a poignant and innovative journey into the labyrinth of A.M. Klein's, mind, soul and times. One of the most creative Canadian poets of the 20th century, Abraham Moses Klein was born a century ago to Jews who fled the pogroms of the Ukraine to Montrˆ©al. During his lifetime, he produced a rich and powerful body of work that reflected the turbulent 20s, 30s and 40s.

A complex and conflicted man, Klein grew up as a "Jew boy" in the neighbourhoods around St. Urbain, The Main and Mount Royal, the ghetto streets of Montrˆ©al where he "dreamt pavement into pleasant bible-land" and battled the nightmares of private and worldly hells.

Seamlessly weaving his own text with Klein's poems, fiction, journals, and editorials, Farkas succeeds in creating an evocative, multi-layered play about the "realities" Klein lived in, explored, became entangled in, and never exited.

Directed by Liz Valdez, Haunted House is the multi-faceted portrait of Klein the poet, Klein the ghostwriter, Klein the lawyer, editorialist, almost-politician, and lobbyist for a Jewish homeland before and after the Holocaust. Valdez, a private acting coach and Concordia theatre professor, who has previously worked with Farkas on a number of projects including his plays Surviving Wor(l)ds and Voices, brings her unbridled passion and unique directorial insight and vision to make this play, this journey into silence, a truly haunting experience

Eric Hausknost (previously in Tableau D'Hˆ¥te's One Night and 7 Stories) plays Klein, the only singular role in the script, while the remaining five cast members, Audrey Finkelstein (Geordie Productions' Peacemaker and Tangente's Knot of Nots), Paula Jean Hixson, (last seen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Segal), Nem Jevtovic (toured with Geordie Productions last year and will appear in their May production of Alice Through the Looking Glass), Christopher Moore, (Iago in Persephone's Othello last fall), and Saro Saroyan (Lion in the Streets for Tableau D'Hˆ¥te and The Handy Man Can for the Montrˆ©al Fringe Festival), each play multiple key figures in Klein's life and form an amorphous chorus to reflect the politics and social climate of the time as well as Klein's inner voices.

Set design is furnished by Lara Kaluza (The Beekeepers, 2008 Montrˆ©al Fringe and Toronto Summer Works and The Last Dance for Marsha Kane, 2008 New York Fringe Festival) with lighting and costumes by Noˆ©mi Poulin (her sixth collaboration with Tableau D'Hˆ¥te) and sound by Lucie Monsarrat, a recent graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montrˆ©al and composer of the theme for the 2008 production of Lion in the Streets (Tableau D'Hˆ¥te). The production is stage managed by Paul Brian Imperial (Houdini) with assistance from Amy Steinman (Houdini and I, Claudia).

Dates & Times Feb. 18 ’Ä́ Mar. 5

Preview Feb. 18 8:00 PM

Opening Feb. 19 8:00 PM

Tues. through Sun. 8:00 PM

Sunday Matinees 2:00 PM

Mondays & Fridays DARK

Closing Mar. 5 8:00 PM

NOTE: Feb. 21 & 25 SOLD OUT


General Admission $22.00

Students, Seniors & CAEA $15.00

Group Rates (10 or more) $14.00


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Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye

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