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News Release

CELEBRATING THEATRE
Bryna Wasserman Announces SBC 2003 – 2004 Theatre Season

May 2003

MONTREAL, Thursday May 1st, 2003 – At the Hydro-Québec season launch, Bryna Wasserman, Artistic Director of the Theatre of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, announced the 2003 – 2004 season.

Celebrating Theatre invites our audiences to revisit the classics by theatre greats such as George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, Edward Albee, and Sholem Aleichem, and explores fresh contemporary pieces by playwrights Marie Jones and Canadian wunderkind Adam Pettle. Award-winning directors Guy Sprung, Chris Abraham, Michael Shamata and Sean Sandler will use their expertise and inventiveness to bring out the very best of each play and player. We are extremely excited to be rediscovering these timeless classics that promise more of the same high quality our audiences have come to expect at the Saidye!

“Believing strongly in ‘theatre of ideas’,” Bryna Wasserman explained, “the SBC Theatre chooses plays with themes that are relevant today, with the intent to nurture understanding, prompt dialogue and hopefully initiate change for the better.” Over the past six years SBC theatre audiences have proven that there is a desire to see classical theatre. No longer do Montrealers have to travel to Ontario or New York to see award-winning productions; the SBC Theatre is devoted to filling that important artistic niche. Thousands of students who already routinely attend the SBC Theatre productions can continue to witness magnificent stories come to life on the stage.

Last season, for the second time in a row, the SBC Theatre won the prestigious Les Masques Award for Best English Production in Quebec (Salt-Water Moon) and three MECCA awards for Best Production (Salt-Water Moon), Best Ensemble (Chekhov Shorts) and Best Actor (Pierre Brault).

We continue to enhance the theatre-going experience with behind-the-scene glimpses at our Sunday-@-the-Saidye series. Last year, audiences discovered the historical background, the design process or the director’s unique vision of a play. Expert guests like Senator Laurier LaPierre and Dr. Joe Schwarcz enthralled with their participation.

Talkbacks are another way for the audience to get caught up in the excitement. The informal Monday night discussions range from subjects as varied as the actors’ approach to the character to how the play was chosen.


CELEBRATING THEATRE
THE SBC SEASON 2003-04

MAJOR BARBARA
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Guy Sprung

October 14 - November 2, 2003

Shaw Comedy Opens Season
George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara is a clever, witty and remarkably timely comedy. Father and daughter have different ideas about everything: religion, government, business, and family. Who will convert whom to their cause? Director Guy Sprung promises a unique and lively interpretation of Shaw’s classic. This season opener with a cast of 10 has enough laughs and ingenuity for everyone.

“Remarkably fresh in ideas.” -Curtain Up

THE TARANTELLA
Based on Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House
By Henrik Ibsen,
Adapted & Directed by Chris Abraham

November 18 - December 7, 2003

Award-Winning Director
Award-winning director Chris Abraham’s achievements at the SBC Theatre are rooted in innovation. Now his inspired vision will enthral you in this new interpretation of Hedda Gabler. Ibsen had insight into women who appeared to be content while disguising deeper waters of restlessness and frustration. Hedda plays rapturously on the piano while Nora dances the Tarantella with abandon. Be prepared for a highly charged theatrical experience that is not to be missed.

“Abraham is generally regarded as Canada’s brightest young director” -The Gazette

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
By Edward Albee
Directed by Michael Shamata
A co-production with Manitoba Theatre Centre

February 17 - 29, 2004

Powerful and Brilliant
Ageless and current, this play remains as powerful an experience as when it first startled audiences and critics on Broadway. Without a false word, Albee’s extraordinary writing draws you into Martha and George’s marital warfare that is both savage and hilarious. The middle-aged couple tear at each other with a series of mind games as their young guests Honey and Nick get caught in the crossfire.

“One of the greatest plays of the 20th Century.” -Edmonton Sun

A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER
By Marie Jones
A solo performance by Daniel Giverin

March 24 - April 4, 2004

A Tour De Force
Set around a World Cup qualifying match between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Protestant unionists shout and chant so fanatically and with such a maliciousness that Kenneth, as blood-thirsty a hero as Woody Allen, is appalled by their behaviour. Respected Belfast playwright, Marie Jones is a voice for building bridges between hostile groups and for ordinary people taking their destiny into their own hands.

“A one-man satire revealing the playwright’s joy of storytelling”

Subscribe to the season and get a 25% discount on this play

SUNDAY FATHER
By Adam Pettle
Directed by Sean Sandler

April 20 - May 9, 2004

Gifted Canadian Playwright
With humour and nostalgia, two brothers recall Sundays spent with their divorced father. The brothers quip their way through divorce, intermarriage and sibling rivalry over whom Dad really liked best. The laughter covers up the poignant undercurrents of growing up in a modern split family. Adam Pettle, the gifted Canadian playwright of Zaidie’s Shoes, will leave you with a new slant on “Sunday fathers”. Just sit back and enjoy the delicious humour and ready emotions.

“Pettle creates intelligent, sensitive, articulate and ever so witty souls.”-Globe and Mail

The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre presents

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories
In Yiddish with English and French supertitles

June 8 - June 27, 2004

A Match Made in Heaven
Fiddler returns to the SBC stage with the award-winning Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre! In keeping with tradition, Bryna Wasserman directs a dedicated team of over forty strong in what is certain to be a miracle of miracles. This classic heart-warming production will have you singing from sunrise to sunset.

Also new at the SBC

THE SAIDYE ‘B’ OFF CENTRE presents

THE NEW CLASSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY
By Oscar Wilde,
Adapted by Anthony Kokx
Directed by Gabor Zsigovics

CORIOLANUS: THE DEATH OF MAN
By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Madd Harold

August 21 – September 6, 2003

Award-Winning Company
Gravy Bath Productions announces the inauguration of the New Classical Theatre Festival with these two productions in repertory. Anthony Kokx revises Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, for the stage. A tale of fixation and downfall, Kokx challenges a new generation with a radical and modern-day adaptation of Wilde’s classic tale. Madd Harold adapts Shakespeare’s masterwork Coriolanus, exploring pride, obsession, and defeat. One company, two directors, and two important works in repertory will launch the New Classical Theatre Festival – Canada’s newest theatre festival.

“The most exciting theatre company in the city” -The Gazette

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