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News Release

January 2003

Montreal, January 22, 2003 - The Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre (SBC Theatre) proudly announces the opening of its alternate theatre space, which is to be named the Saidye ‘B’ Off Centre. The initiative fulfills many goals that are important to Bryna Wasserman, Artistic Director of the SBC Theatre, as well as to the overall Montreal theatre community.

“For a long time now I have wanted to create a space where more challenging works can be developed and where unknown talent can flourish,” Wasserman explains. Situated in the ‘west end’ of the city, the second space will serve to entice a fresh audience to that area and encourage those already familiar with the SBC Theatre to try something new. “Innovation thrives in the west end too!” Wasserman continues. “Saidye ‘B’ Off Centre gives us the opportunity to open our doors to new faces, both on stage and in the seats.”

The inaugural production of the Saidye ‘B’ Off Centre will be Gravy Bath’s original play, UGLY, written by one of the company’s founding members, Anthony Kokx. Since its inception in 1999, Gravy Bath has gained a loyal following, as well as critical acclaim with such original plays as Critic, The Tempest (set in an insane asylum), and Henry. Octobre. 1970. (which used the FLQ crisis as a background for the Shakespearean epic). “I was very impressed with this company when I saw their work. Even more impressed once we sat down to talk. They have the ambition, the vision, the energy, and they know where to point themselves in order to achieve their objectives. I admire that and I’m so pleased that I can be a part of their evolution, and they a part of ours.”

Ugly will be presented at Saidye ‘B’ Off Centre from February 25 to March 8, 2003.

Representatives from both the Saidye Bronfman Centre and Gravy Bath are available for interviews, which can be scheduled through Barbara Ford at the SBC Theatre.

For information regarding Saidye ‘B’ Off Centre: Barbara Ford: (514) 739–2301 ext. 326

For information regarding Gravy Beth’s UGLY: Yann Bernaquez: (514) 854–6277

For tickets to UGLY: (514) 540–0774