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News Release

April 2003

Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts
By Jeff Baron
Directed by Bill Glassco and Michael Shamata
APRIL 28 - MAY 18

Expect something funny, touching and relevant.

WITH: Adrian Burhop and Bernie Passeltiner

Montreal, April 2003 – Don’t miss this “get-together” with a talented acting duo in a comedy with tons of heart. Young corporate exec Ross Gardiner nearly runs over octogenarian Mr. Green. The Judge’s sentence requires Ross to visit the retired dry cleaner once a week for six months. What starts out as a humourous battle between cantankerousness and impatience grows into a touching story about friendship, honesty and caring. Despite the comedy, the play visits issues that need to be examined and dealt with. With our present aging society and abundance of baby-boomers, the disparity between the two is brought to the forefront more and more. No matter the age however, the need for human contact is ever-present and universal.

Visiting Mr. Green has had 200 productions in 21 countries and in 14 languages, and has garnered several prestigious awards including Best Play in Israel, Greece and Germany, as well as the KulturPreis Europa 2001. The directing team of Bill Glassco and Michael Shamata will illuminate this prize-winning piece. Respected director Bill Glassco is well known across the country and is no stranger to Saidye audiences, while award-winning Michael Shamata makes his Montreal directorial debut. We are looking forward to his return next year when he directs the biting classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Adrian Burhop performs with Gravy Bath, one of the most innovative theatre companies in town. He is also a member of the Montreal Young Company. Bernie Passeltiner is a seasoned New York actor performing on and off Broadway in dramas, comedies and musicals. He has graced the boards in major theatres and festival across the USA and Canada.

April 28 – May 18
Monday to Thursday 8:00pm
Saturday 8:30pm
Sunday 7:00pm
No show Friday
Matinées: Sunday and Wednesday 2:00pm
RESERVATIONS (514)739-7944
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.

April 27, 11:00 AM

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

The company is complemented with a great team of designers. The sets are by Vincent Lefèvre, a creative force behind both French and English stages. Costumes are by Ginette Grenier, a Les Masques nominee. Sound designer Rob Denton has worked with musicians, musicals and The Mousetrap, while lighting designer Luc Prairie has beautifully lit stages across the city. Luciana Burcheri rounds out the team as stage manager. The Drama League nominated Visiting Mr. Green as Best Play and Mr. Baron was invited to present a reading of the play at the United Nations. Make it a point to drop-in on this heartfelt comedy.


As always, we present our Sunday-@-the-Saidye (S@TS) series, in which the SBC Theatre enriches the theatre-going experience with lively discussions and guest speakers who enhance the background of the upcoming production. This time we welcome director Michael Shamata, on Sunday, April 27 at 11:00 AM in the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre. In the past the SBC Theatre has had such prestigious speakers as Senator Laurier LaPierre and Dr. Joe Schwarcz, who held audiences spellbound with their knowledge, creativity and wit. The public is welcome to attend our S@TS events free of charge.

Monday Night Talkbacks

This popular feature returns to enhance your play-going experience. Every Monday night following opening night, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with the people that make it all happen. Combined with lower rates for this evening, Monday night performances have become an outstanding package that true theatre buffs cannot resist.


Regular ticket prices range from $24.00 to $38.00, with a special student rate of $16.00 and great senior prices. Tickets can be purchased through the SBC Box Office, open from noon every day except Saturday at (514) 739-7944 or visit the SBC web site at www.saidyebronfman.org. Tickets are also available through Admission at (514) 790-1245 or go to www.admission.com.

The SBC Theatre is sponsored by: the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Ville de Montréal, Heritage Canada, Quebec Culture and Communications, Via Rail, Le Cantlie Suites Hotel, CBC Television, The Gazette, CJAD 800 and Mix 96, with Hydro Quebec as the season sponsor.