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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts Presents Geometry in Venice

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Saputo Inc.

In association with Crowĺ─˘s Theatre


Present

Geometry in Venice

By Michael Mackenzie

Directed by Chris Abraham

January 31-February 14, 2010

ĺ─˙One day you may understand that murder, incest and infanticide are the very stuff of domesticity.
We modern people just practice them in a more...refined garb.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Mrs. Moreen

MONTREAL January 2010 - The Segal Theatre is excited to launch the new year with the Montreal English premiere of Geometry in Venice, an intelligent and moving play featuring a stellar director, cast and design team.

Adapted from The Pupil, a novella by Henry James, who himself was inspired by the childhood of painter John Singer Sargent, Geometry in Venice brings us into the lives of the Moreen family, an outwardly aristocratic British family living in Venice towards the end of the nineteenth century. Unlike the novella, award-winning Montreal playwright Michael Mackenzie includes Henry James as one of his characters. 

In this poignant and timely story, Pemberton (played by Graham Cuthbertson) is a Canadian Cambridge grad and aspiring writer who is hired by the Moreens to provide their sickly, genius son Morgan (played by Montrealer Eliott Larson) with a classical education. Desperate to keep up appearances, they travel to the fashionable salons of Europe in search of a wealthy suitor to marry their daughter Amy. Henry James becomes the promising Paris suitor in this reading.

ĺ─˙Geometry in Venice is a powerful and timely examination of a familyĺ─˘s obsession with wealth and status, raising questions of ethics and moralityĺ─¨, says Bryna Wasserman, Artistic Director of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. ĺ─˙In the very capable hands of creative director Chris Abraham, outstanding actor Damien Atkins and other talented cast members, Geometry in Venice promises to provide an exceptional time at the theatreĺ─¨.

Damien Atkins, who has delivered excellent performances at the Segal in the past, says he looks forward to playing the role of Henry James. ĺ─˙I am excited to work again with Chris Abraham, with whom I collaborated on one of the most richly rewarding theatrical experiences of my life, The Glass Menagerie.ĺ─¨

The set created by Julie Fox is dramatic, Spartan, and its unique colour palette of whites, sand tones and cool beach hues are meant to reflect the Lido beach in Venice. A grand piano will be played by the young prodigy.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Geometry in Venice. The play was performed in French for 5 years as Le Prłęcepteur and has also been produced in German, Italian and Chinese.

Other cast members include: Allegra Fulton as Mrs. Moreen (Stratford, solo tour-de-force Frida K.); Aiden Devine as Mr. Moreen (Balconville, multi-awards for film and television); and Susanna Fournier as Amy (Segalĺ─˘s The Diary of Anne Frank).

The integral designs are by Julie Fox, set and costume; Luc Prairie, lighting; and Antoine Błędard, sound. Merissa Tordjman is the stage manager and Luciana Burcheri completes the team as assistant stage manager.

Sunday @ the Segal - January 31 at 11am
In keeping with the Segal Centreĺ─˘s objective to enhance the theatregoing experience, we are also pleased to announce that the playwright has accepted to give a lecture about his play.  Michael Mackenzie will talk about what inspired him to write Geometry in Venice and describe his process of translating Henry James to the stage.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Hold the Dates!

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The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Saputo Inc.

In association with Crowĺ─˘s Theatre

Present

Geometry in Venice

By Michael Mackenzie

Directed by Chris Abraham

Mark these dates in your winter calendar

Sunday, January 31- Sunday, February 14, 2010

CBC 88.5 RadioOne presents the Sunday-@-The Segal lecture for Geometry in Venice on Sunday, January 31, 11 a.m. with the playwright, Michael Mackenzie.

With: Damien Atkins, Graham Cuthbertson, Aidan Devine, Susanna Fournier, Allegra Fulton and Elliot Larson.

Geometry in Venice

The Segal Theatre

5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.

Monday to Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Matinłęes: Wednesdays, 1:00pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm

Reservations: (514) 739-7944

www.segalcentre.org

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Educating Rita @ Segal Centre



MONTRłÔAL novembre 2009 ĺ─ý Le Centre Segal des arts de la scł«ne et KPMG sont fiers de prłęsenter EDUCATING RITA, l'hilarante et astucieuse comłędie du dramaturge primłę Willy Russell.

Mise en scł«ne par Marcia Kash, la production du Centre Segal met en vedette Carly Street et Ric Reid.

Č┤ Le courant particulier qui passe entre ces deux acteurs extraordinaires et la vivacitłę de leurs rłępliques comiques vous feront sourire tout au long de la pił«ce Ȭ, a dłęclarłę Bryna Wasserman, directrice artistique et exłęcutive du Centre Segal.

Ric Reid joue Frank Bryant, un łęcrivain ratłę et professeur de littłęrature dłęsabusłę qui juge ses łętudiants łępouvantablement ennuyeux et dłępourvus de toute originalitłę. L'universitaire łŢ la cinquantaine complł«tement blasłęe aimerait mieux passer son temps łŢ boire du scotch au pub du coin que d'enseigner derrił«re un lutrin.

Surgit alors Rita, le personnage joułę par Carly Street : une coiffeuse dłęlurłęe de 26 ans, originaire de Liverpool, bien dłęterminłęe łŢ s'instruire et łŢ se dłęfaire de son image de prolłętaire. De son vrai nom, Susan, elle se fait appeler Rita en l'honneur de l'auteur fłęministe Rita Mae Brown afin de parałĂtre plus sophistiqułęe. Rita est persuadłęe que Brown est un łęcrivain brillant, mais Frank n'en a młüme jamais entendu parler.

Au dłębut, Frank accepte łŢ contrecëýur de donner des cours particuliers łŢ cette fille de Liverpool dont la fougue est inversement proportionnelle łŢ l'instruction. ł─ la longue toutefois, sa passion et sa soif d'apprendre finiront par enchanter Frank.

Č┤ La metteuse en scł«ne Marcia Kash connałĂt łętroitement le personnage de Rita Ȭ, ajoute Bryna Wasserman. Č┤ Saviez-vous que c'łętait la premił«re actrice łŢ jouer Rita au Canada? Et elle a fait plusieurs fois le tour du pays dans la peau de ce personnage. Cette expłęrience unique et prłęcieuse fait d'elle la spłęcialiste de l'accent de Liverpool quand il s'agit de donner des cours de diction. Ȭ

Marcia Kash reconnałĂt que le personnage de Rita l'a influencłęe de fał▀on subtile łŢ bien des łęgards chaque fois qu'elle l'a joułę, et elle porte en elle encore aujourd'hui des pans de la personnalitłę de Rita.

Č┤ C'est fascinant de revenir łŢ cette pił«ce maintenant, aprł«s tant d'annłęes, alors que tant de choses ont changłę dans le monde et dans ma vie. Mais le personnage de Rita reste pertinent. Et l'histoire classique de Pygmalion a toujours autant de charme de nos jours. J'ai hłóte de voir quelles nouvelles dłęcouvertes nous allons faire en travaillant sur la pił«ce, et je suis certaine que, inspirłęs par la fabuleuse łęquipe de crłęation et portłęs par le talent considłęrable de Carly Street et Ric Reid, nous allons faire des choix intłęressants et pleins d'imagination. Ȭ

Les dłęcors et les costumes sont signłęs John C. Dinning et l'łęclairage est de Spike Lyne. Merissa Tordjman est la rłęgisseuse głęnłęrale de la production.

Educating Rita est en partie autobiographique. En effet, le dramaturge britannique Willy Russell a grandi dans une famille ouvrił«re de Liverpool avant de devenir coiffeur. Il a fini par faire des łętudes universitaires et s'est mis łŢ łęcrire des pił«ces, qui lui ont ouvert la porte sur tout un monde de possibilitłęs et lui ont confłęrłę une gloire internationale.

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88.5 CBC Radio One est fił«re de prłęsenter Un Dimanche au Segal Le dimanche 22 novembre 2009 łŢ 11 h. Entrłęe libre.
Confłęrencier : John C. Dinning, concepteur des dłęcors et des costumes pour Educating Rita


Soirłęes Parole au public
Dans le cadre de notre słęrie de discussions, les lundis soirs aprł«s la pił«ce, certains acteurs ou concepteurs artistiques demeureront sur scł«ne pour rłępondre aux questions des spectateurs. Les soirłęes Parole au public constituent une occasion intimiste de dialoguer avec les personnalitłęs qui prłęsentent un thłęłótre anglais professionnel de premił«re classe łŢ Montrłęal.


Encourager l'łęmergence d'un nouveau public au thłęłótre
Nous sommes tous conscients de l'importance d'encourager l'łęmergence d'un nouveau public au thłęłótre. C'est pourquoi le Centre Segal propose des rabais intłęressants aux spectateurs łógłęs de moins de 30 ans, offrant ainsi aux łętudiants łŢ temps plein des collł«ges et des universitłęs et aux jeunes professionnels l'occasion de vivre une expłęrience thłęłótrale de haute qualitłę łŢ un prix abordable.

INFORMATIONS SUR LES BILLETS

La pił«ce sera prłęsentłęe :
du 22 novembre au 13 dłęcembre 2009

Avant-premił«res :
le 22 novembre łŢ 13 h 30
les 23, 24 et 25 novembre łŢ 20 h

Dimanche au Segal :
le 22 novembre łŢ 11 h

Reprłęsentations :
Du lundi au jeudi łŢ 20 h
Samedi łŢ 20 h 30
Dimanche łŢ 19 h

Matinłęes :
Les mercredis łŢ 13 h
Les dimanches łŢ 14 h

Billetterie :
514 739-7944

Admission
514 790-1245
www.admission.com

Le Centre Segal des arts de la scł«ne
5170, chemin de la Cłąte-Sainte-Catherine
www.segalcentre.org

*****

MONTREAL November 2009 ĺ─ý The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and KPMG are proud to present EDUCATING RITA, the hilarious and clever comedy by award-winning playwright Willy Russell.

Directed by Marcia Kash, the Segal production stars Carly Street and Ric Reid.

"The special chemistry and briskly-paced comedic repartee between these two extraordinary actors will have you smiling all through the play," said Bryna Wasserman, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre.

Ric Reid plays Frank Bryant, a failed writer and disillusioned literature professor who views his students as appallingly boring and lacking in originality. The cynical middle-age academic would rather spend time drinking scotch at the local pub than teach at the lectern.

Enter Rita, played by Carly Street - a brash, twenty-six year old hairdresser from Liverpool who is determined to get an education and shed her working-class image. Her real name is Susan, but she wants to appear more sophisticated so she calls herself Rita after feminist writer Rita Mae Brown. Rita thinks Brown is a brilliant writer but Frank has never heard of her.

At first, Frank grudgingly accepts to tutor this uneducated and feisty Liverpudlian, but in time her passion for learning intrigues and enchants him.

"Director Marcia Kash knows the Rita character intimately," adds Bryna Wasserman. Did you know that she was the first actor in Canada to play Rita, and played the role several times across the country? Her unique and valuable experience also makes her the perfect Liverpudlian voice coach".

Marcia Kash feels the character of Rita influenced her in subtly different ways every time she played her, and she carries parts of Rita within her to this day.

"Returning to the play now, after so many years, much has changed in the world, and in my life. But Rita is still relevant. And the classic Pygmalion story is as winsome as it ever was. I look forward to the new discoveries we will find working on this play and I'm sure, together with the considerable talents of Carly Street and Ric Reid, and a fabulous creative team, we will be inspired to make interesting and inventive choices".

Set and costumes are by John C. Dinning and lighting is by Spike Lyne. Merissa Tordjman is the stage manager.

Educating Rita is partially autobiographical. British playwright Willy Russell grew up in a working class family in Liverpool and became a hairdresser. He eventually returned to college and started writing drama, which opened up a world of new possibilities and brought him international success.

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88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segal Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11am. Admission is free.
Speaker: John. C. Dinning - set and costume designer for Educating Rita

Monday Night Talkbacks
As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal.

Building audiences for the future
Everyone knows the importance of creating and fostering new theatre audiences. To this end, the Segal Centre is offering substantial savings for those under 30, providing an opportunity for full-time college and university students and young professionals to experience high quality theatre at an affordable price.

TICKETS INFORMATION

Run:
November 22 to December 13, 2009

Previews:
November 22 - 1:30 pm
November 23-25 - 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the-Segal:
November 22 - 11:00 am

Performances:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 pm
Sunday 7:00 pm

Matinłęes:
Wednesdays 1:00 pm
Sundays 2:00 pm

Box Office:
(514) 739-7944

Admission
(514) 790-1245
www.admission.com

Segal Centre for Performing Arts
5170 Cłąte Ste. Catherine Rd.
www.segalcentre.org

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Inherit the Wind & Pulitzer Prize Winner at Segal Centre

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
and
Ernst & Young
Present
INHERIT THE WIND
By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed by Greg Kramer
October 18 to November 8, 2009

MONTREAL October 5, 2009 ĺ─ý The Segal Centre is proud to launch its new theatre season with Lawrence and Leeĺ─˘s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, Inherit the Wind.

This thrilling courtroom drama was inspired by the famous ĺ─˛Scopes Monkey Trialĺ─˘ of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee where schoolteacher John Scopes was accused of violating a state law against teaching the theory of human evolution.

ĺ─˙Lawrence and Lee wrote Inherit the Wind during the 1950s when Senator McCarthy was on the scene in the United States,ĺ─¨ said Bryna Wasserman, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre. ĺ─˙The play is a metaphor for the importance of intellectual freedom and the dangers of restricting free speech

ĺ─˙Our production will make a lasting impression on theatergoersĺ─¨, adds Wasserman. ĺ─˙Director Greg Kramerĺ─˘s brilliant choice of actors adds a unique dimension and depth to the play and Elli Buntonĺ─˘s imaginative set strives to bring the audience into the action of the playĺ─¨.

Costumes are by Susana Vera and lighting is by Robert Thomson. John Gilbert is the musical director.

The play stars Sean McCann (defence lawyer Henry Drummond) and David Francis (prosecutor Matthew Harrison Brady). McCann is one of Canada's most esteemed character actors and has been presented with or nominated for almost every major Canadian award in film, TV and theatre. Francis works equally in English and French in film, television, radio and theatre and has won Critics Choice Awards for both Sleuth and Passion Play at the Segal Centre.

In keeping with the Segal Centreĺ─˘s objective to enhance the theatregoing experience, we are pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize recipient Edward Larson will lecture at Sunday @ the Segal on October 18, 2009 at 11am.

Professor Larson won the Pulitzer Prize for history for his book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and Americaĺ─˘s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

Larson is a professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He has addressed Inherit the Wind audiences in the United States, including Tony Randallĺ─˘s National Actors Theatre production on Broadway, and on the Showtime television version of the play with George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon. More recently, Larsonĺ─˘s work was featured in the playbill for the 2007 Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy. Dennehy used Larsonĺ─˘s book to prepare for his character.

Several scholars, scientists and theologians will attend Professor Larsonĺ─˘s lecture at the Segal Centre, including renowned ethicist Margaret Somerville. Somerville is the Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University.

This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his work, On the Origin of Species. The debate between Darwinĺ─˘s theory of evolution and creationism is as relevant today as it was in 1925.

CAST BIOS

Tyrone Benskin - Reverend Jeremiah Brown
Tyrone has appeared on some of Canadaĺ─˘s most distinguished stages and in over 100 film and television projects. His most recent roles include: Joseph Boulogne in Le Code Noir (Black Theatre Workshop), an Alaskan in An Enemy of the People (Segal Centre), and Bob in the Hallmark production of The Christmas Choir. As the Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop and the National Vice-President of ACTRA, life is full!

Tamara Brown ĺ─ý Rachel Brown
When Tamara first walked through the doors of the Segal Centre it was to teach theatre classes at the Youth Institute. Four years later, she is thrilled to debut on the Segal stage and to work with this incredible team. Tamaraĺ─˘s acting credits include: Blacks Don't Bowl and Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop); and Lion in the Streets (Tableau Dĺ─˘Hłąte Theatre).ĺ─«
Bill Corday ĺ─ý Elijah

Bill came to Montreal 40 years ago from Philadelphia, where he was a prominent director of dramas, musicals and operas. His work with the Rittenhouse Opera Society led to a position at The Academy of Vocal Arts teaching acting for opera. In Montreal he produced and directed at the Czarda Dinner Theater. As a screen actor he appeared in many films, including Nuremburg and Varianĺ─˘s War.

Bill Croft ĺ─ý Judge
Originally from Vancouver, Bill appeared on the hit television seriesĺ─˘ McGyver, DaVinciĺ─˘s Inquest, X Files, Stargate and Andromeda. Movie credits include Legends of the Fall, Stakeout, Needful Things, It and Shoot to Kill. Bill spent six months in China filming Charge out of the Amazon, which won Chinaĺ─˘s best picture in 2002. Bill recently performed in the Segalĺ─˘s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Graham Cuthbertson ĺ─ý Tom Davenport
Graham is a graduate of Concordia University's Theatre department and a founding member of the SideMart Theatrical Grocery. SideMart's winter production of Haunted Hillbilly will run in the Segal Centre Studio this December and feature Juno-nominated musician Matthew Barber and an all-star Montreal ensemble. Haunted Hillbilly's workshop production won Graham the Best New Script award from Montreal Critics.

David Francis - Matthew Harrison Brady
An intrepid traveler, Davidĺ─˘s career has taken him throughout England and Europe, India and the South Atlantic, the U.S and Canada ĺ─ý most recently to Stratford for eight seasons. But nothing beats going to work on the metro. Home again, heĺ─˘s just finished Quartet (Hudson) and Truth and Treason (Teesri Duniya). David has a special affection for the Segal since appearing here in Sleuth and Passion Play.

Holly Gauthier Frankel ĺ─ý Mrs. Blair
Holly is thrilled to be at the Segal once again, last seen in their production, Houdini. A professional voice actor and singer for over 20 years, Holly can be heard in various cartoons, films and commercials. She also performs burlesque all over the world, teaches workshops, and is planning a cross-Canada tour with a one-woman burlesque extravaganza! Love and thanks to all!ĺ─«

Karl Graboshas - Bertram Cates
A native Montrealer, Karl is thrilled to be back at the Segal (where he last performed in Death and Taxes) sharing the stage with this fine group of actors. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (ĺ─˘02) and Dawsonĺ─˘s Professional Theatre Program (ĺ─˘99), Karlĺ─˘s recent credits include roles in the series Durham County and the feature Beastly. Karl thanks his friends and family for their invaluable support.

Marcel Jeannin - E. K. Hornbeck
Segal credits: The Odd Couple, An Enemy of the People, The Diary of Anne Frank and Tuesdays with Morrie. Marcel has performed in various theatres across Canada, notably the National Arts Centre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Stratford Festival, Theatre Columbus, the Globe Theatre in Regina, and the Centaur Theatre, where he will be seen next year in The Comedy of Errors.

Elan Kunin ĺ─ý Jesse Dunlop
Elan began his career at the Segal Centre with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in the breakout role of Duddy. He followed that with leading roles in Old Wicked Songs, On Second Ave, The Great Houdini, Pirates of Penzance, and several others. He is currently the Composer in Residence at the Segal where he is writing the upcoming production of The Jazz Singer and a new English musical.

Daniel Lillford ĺ─ý Mr. Meeker
Daniel has been an actor and playwright for 27 years, working in Australia and Canada.
He was last seen at the Segal in An Enemy of the People. Over 30 productions of his plays have been produced (garnering several awards) in Australia, Canada, the United States and Scotland. Daniel and his wife Rachel, who left Australia in 1997, live in Nova Scotia with their three sons.

Sean McCann - Henry Drummond
Sean is one of Canada's most esteemed character actors. He has been presented with or nominated for almost every major Canadian award in his long career in film, TV and theatre. His notable film and TV credits include: the Academy Award winning Chicago, Simon Birch, Tommy Boy, Naked Launch, Guilty as Sin, and the mini series The King Chronicle where he played the title role of MacKenzie King.

Leni Parker ĺ─ý Mrs. Brady
Leni has worked with numerous companies for the past 23 years. Her recent credits include Down From Heaven, Age of Arousal, The Baroness and The Pig, (MECCA for Best Production 2008), Life is a Dream, Isadora: Fabulist, Chapter Two, Assorted Candies (MECCA for Best Actress), Bye Bye Baby,Tout comme elle. Her TV and film credits include Earth: Final Conflict, Adamĺ─˘s Wall, Afterwards, and Orphan.

Glenn Roy ĺ─ý Storekeeper/Sillers
Glenn is very pleased to be appearing in his first production at the Segal Centre. Selected Montreal area productions: Brigitĺ─˘s Reel (Theatre Panache); The Eddy Cantor Story (Cameo Productions); Ethan Claymore, Melville Boys (Hudson Village Theatre West); Look Back In Anger, Juno and the Paycock, Oliver! (Centaur); Man of La Mancha, The Megantic Outlaw, Groucho, Loot, Mrs. Warrenĺ─˘s Profession (Theatre Lac Brome).

Set Designer ELLI BUNTON
Costume Designer SUSANA VERA
Lighting Designer ROBERT THOMSON
Stage Manager TODD BRICKER
Assistant Stage Manager JEN JONES
Assistant Director CAITLIN MURPHY
Musical Director JOHN GILBERT

88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segalĺ─«
Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11am. Admission is free.ĺ─«
Lecturer: Pulitzer Prize recipient Edward Larson. Professor Larson won the Pulitzer Prize for history for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and Americaĺ─˘s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

Monday Night Talkbacks ĺ─«
As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal.
Building audiences for the future

Everyone knows the importance of creating and fostering new theatre audiences. To this end, the Segal Centre is offering substantial savings for those under 30, providing an opportunity for full-time college and university students and young professionals to experience high quality theatre at an affordable price.

TICKETS INFORMATION
ĺ─«ĺ─«Run: ĺ─«October 18 to November 8, 2009ĺ─«ĺ─«
Previews: ĺ─«October 18 - 1:30 pmĺ─«
October 19-21 - 8:00 pmĺ─«ĺ─«
Sunday-@-the-Segal: ĺ─«October 18 - 11:00 am
Performances: ĺ─«Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm
ĺ─«Saturday 8:30 pmĺ─«
Sunday 7:00 pmĺ─«ĺ─«
Matinłęes: ĺ─«Wednesdays 1:00 pmĺ─«
Sundays 2:00 pmĺ─«ĺ─«
Box Office: ĺ─«(514) 739-7944ĺ─«ĺ─«
Admissionĺ─«(514) 790-1245ĺ─«
www.admission.comĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

Segal Centre for Performing Artsĺ─«
5170 Cłąte Ste. Catherine Rd.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods




The Segal Centre for Performing Arts

and

Saputo Inc.


Present


OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS


By JOE DIPIETRO

Directed by STEVEN SCHIPPER

April 19 - May 10, 2009


MONTREAL April 2009
ĺ─ý The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is delighted to present Joe DiPietro's hilarious and endearing Off-Broadway hit Over The River and Through the Woods.

"The theme of family relationships has been at the heart of our season", said Bryna Wasserman, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre. "Joe DiPietro's play will make you laugh until you roar and it will wrap its warm arms around you during its more touching moments".

Set in New Jersey in 1994, the play is about Nick, a young, single Italian-American who announces to both sets of grandparents that he has been offered a dream job in Seattle. Devastated by the news, his doting, salt-of-the-earth grandparents, with whom he has dinner every Sunday, cook up a plot to keep him from leaving the nest.

DiPietro, who has been compared to playwright Neil Simon for writing compelling autobiographical plays, says the grandparents he created "Are quite true to life. And if anyone thinks that this play exaggerates them, they would have only had to talk to them. One of them is still alive -- Ida (the inspiration for one of the play's characters, Aida). She gets mad when I reveal her exact age, so let's just say she's comfortably over 90".

Director Steven Schipper says DiPietro's humourous portrait of his grandparents is universal. "He must have sat behind the couch at my house with a tape recorder. There is no other explanation for the accuracy, the word-for-word authenticity of what is on that stage. Sure, my family was Jewish and he's writing about Italians, but you just have to change the pasta to matzo, and you'll see what I mean".

"The arts can create bridges of understanding and respect between cultures and
Over the River and Through the Woods accomplishes this beautifully," adds Bryna Wasserman.

It is in this spirit that the Segal Centre created a 21-day festival called 'A Salute to the Italian Community'.

The 'Salute' will run concurrently with
Over The River and Through the Woods and will feature Italian films, moviemakers and artists. Films showing at the Segal Centre's CinemaSpace include: Italian classics (Estate Violenta, La Traviata, La Resa Dei Conti); modern hits (Cinema Paradiso, Mambo Italiano); movies by Montreal Italian directors; and films about Africa by Italian directors, as part of the 25th annual Vues D'Afrique Festival.

The Lounge, the Segal Centre's increasingly popular downstairs cafłę, will display select works by photographer Geraldo Pace, sculptor Egidio Vincelli and Italian-born Montreal painters Vito Del Signore and Umberto Bruni.

Finally, Joe DiPietro will be in Montreal to watch Steven Schipper's outstanding cast incarnate his beloved family on the Segal stage. He will also give a lecture about Over the River and Through the Woods and his life as a playwright at Sunday @ the Segal (Sunday, April 19, 11am)

Contact
Suzanne Shugar for more information or interview requests.
Tłęl. (514) 739-2301, ext 8302 or sshugar@segalcentre.org

CAST BIOS

Doreen Brownstone - Emma Cristano

Well-known in Winnipeg, Doreen has also worked for Drayton Entertainment, Belfry, Sunshine, Citadel, Lunchbox, Globe and Magnus Theatres, plus two northern Manitoba/Ontario winter tours for the Manitoba Theatre Centre. Her resume includes radio, film and TV. In October 2004 she received the National Canadian Actors' Equity Life Membership Award, and in June 2006 a
Life Achievement Award from Manitoba ACTRA. Grateful thanks to director Steven Schipper for this opportunity to appear at the Segal Centre.

Diana Donnelly - Caitlin O'Hare

Diana was born and raised in Montreal. Last time she performed on this stage was with the Montreal Young Company. She recently completed a tour of Tarragon's
East of Berlin in which she originated the role of Sarah. Diana is going into her third season with Soulpepper Theatre after having spent four years with the Shaw Festival. Other Montreal credits include Impromptu on Nun's Island (Centaur); Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Repercussion Theatre). She is married to the wonderful Jeff Meadows.

DeAnn Mears - Aida Gianelli

DeAnn is delighted to be acting in Montreal for the first time with husband Frank Savino. Her
Broadway credits include: Tiny Alice, Abelard and Heloise, Too True To Be Good, Never Live Over A Pretzel Factory and Dear Liar. Ms Mears has performed in major regional theatres throughout the United States and Canada and was a leading actor for seven years at the famed American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. FILM/TV credits include: Presumed Innocent, Petulia, and Justine. She has recurring roles on Law and Order, Beacon Hill, and Another World and was recently seen on Law and Order-Special Victims Unit.
Bernie Passeltiner - Nunzio Cristano

Bernie Passeltiner is thrilled to be back at the Segal where he starred in
Tuesdays with Morrie and Visiting Mr. Green. Broadway appearances: Cafe Crown, Goodbye Fidel, Yentl and The Office. Off-Broadway shows include: Isn't it Romantic, The Dybbuk and The Sunshine Boys. He has toured the U.S., Canada and Japan in West Side Story and Grand Hotel and has played major roles in regional theatres across the U.S. and Canada. Film and TV credits include: Tootsie, 84 Charing Cross Road, What about Bob?, Law and Order, Ed and Kojak.

Frank Savino - Frank Gianelli

Frank has worked many times in Canada. His Canadian credits include: the Canadian Premiere of
Broadway Bound (The Citadel, Edmonton & Royal Alex, Toronto), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary) and The Royal Hunt of the Sun (O'Keefe Centre, Toronto). Broadway appearances include: Daughter of Silence, Room Service, and Mixed Emotions. Film and TV credits include: Three Days of the Condor, The Race That Won The West, The Trade; Louis Riel and the series Jake and the Kid (CBC), The Sopranos, Law and Order and Hill Street Blues.

Gianpaolo Venuta - Nick Cristano
Over the River and Through the Woods marks Gianpaolo's return to the Segal Centre after more than a year. He was last seen on this stage in The Diary Of Anne Frank in the role of Peter and prior to that starred in Infinitheatre's The Elephant Song. Gianpaolo's film and TV experience includes leading roles in Pure, Il Duce Canadese, Take-Out, as well as a recurring role in Naked Josh. My Claudia, a short film written and directed by Gianpaolo, recently premiered at The Toronto World Short Film Festival and was well-received.

DESIGN TEAM

Set and Costume Design MICHAEL GIANFRANCESCO
Lighting Design
KIRSTEN WATT
Sound Design
ARLO C. BATES
Stage Manager
LUCIANA BURCHERI
Assistant Stage Manager
JEN JONES


**MEDIA CALL**

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The media is invited to photograph and tape an excerpt of
Over the River and Through the Woods

12:30pm for still cameras
1pm for video cameras

Contact
Suzanne Shugar for more information or interview requests.
Tłęl. (514) 739-2301, ext 8302 or sshugar@segalcentre.org


MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS

As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal.

BUILDING AUDIENCES FOR THE FUTURE

Everyone knows the importance of creating and fostering new theatre audiences. To this end, the Segal Centre is offering substantial savings for those under 30, providing an opportunity for full-time college and university students and young professionals to experience high quality theatre at an affordable price.

TICKETS AND MEDIA INFORMATION

Run:
April 19 - May 10, 2009

Previews:
April 19 1:30 pm
April 20, 21 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the Segal:
April 19 11:00 am
Media Opening Night:
Wednesday, April 22 8:00 pm
Performances:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 pm

Matinłęes:
Wednesdays 1:00 pm
Sundays 2:00 pm

Box Office:
(514) 739-7944

Admission
(514) 790-1245
www.admission.com

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Tableau D'Hłąte Production at Segal Centre February 2009 - MEDIA

World Premił«re Celebrates 100th Birthday of Jewish Canadian Poet A. M. Klein

Tableau D'Hłąte Theatre proudly brings the world premił«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 Montrłęal. 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 Montrłęal 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'Hłąte'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'Hłąte and The Handy Man Can for the Montrłęal 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 Montrłęal Fringe and Toronto Summer Works and The Last Dance for Marsha Kane, 2008 New York Fringe Festival) with lighting and costumes by Nołęmi Poulin (her sixth collaboration with Tableau D'Hłąte) and sound by Lucie Monsarrat, a recent graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal and composer of the theme for the 2008 production of Lion in the Streets (Tableau D'Hłąte). The production is stage managed by Paul Brian Imperial (Houdini) with assistance from Amy Steinman (Houdini and I, Claudia).






Dates & Times Feb. 18 ĺ─ý 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

Tickets:

General Admission $22.00

Students, Seniors & CAEA $15.00

Group Rates (10 or more) $14.00

Venue:

The Studio

Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye

5170, ch. de la Cłąte-Ste-Catherine

http://www.segalcentre.org/

Box Office:

514-848-9696

tickets@tableaudhotetheatre.com

http://www.cshow.ca/

Web Sites:

http://www.tableaudhotetheatre.com/

http://endrefarkas.com/

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

February Theatre event


Tableau D'Hłąte Theatre Productions and The Segal Centre for Performing Arts present the world premiere of Haunted House, written by the poet and playwright, Endre Farkas. The play, running in The Studio from February 18 until March 5, is about Abraham Moses Klein, one of Canada's most important poets, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated in February 2009.


The play 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 Montreal. 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 Montreal 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, who has previously worked with Farkas on a number of projects including his plays Surviving Wor(l)ds and Voices, brings her unique directorial insight and vision to make this play, this journey into silence, a truly haunting experience.


Tickets:

General Admission: $22.00

Students and Seniors $15.00

Group rates $14.00


Box Office: Venue:

514-848-9696 THE STUDIO,

tickets@tableaudhotetheatre.com Segal Centre for Performing Arts

http://www.cshow.ca/ 5170, ch. de la Cłąte-Ste-Catherine


Schedule - Feb. 18 ĺ─ý Mar. 5 Web Sites:

Preview Feb. 18 8:00 PM www.tableaudhotetheatre.com

Opening Feb. 19 8:00 PM http://endrefarkas.com

Tues. through Sun. 8:00 PM

Sunday Matinees 2:00 PM

Mondays & Fridays DARK

Closing Mar. 5 8:00 PM

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