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News Release

SBC Theatre Opens 'Must See' Season with Classic
THE GLASS MENAGERIE

September 2002

MONTREAL, September 2002 – The Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre is pleased to open the season with this enduring drama, combining a classic story, an innovative director, and an award-winning cast, playing from September 30 until October 20, 2002.

Chris Abraham is back at the SBC Theatre for the fourth consecutive year to direct the Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie, which is based on his own family. Chris’ production of Salt-Water Moon at the SBC last year, was just recently voted the Best Production of the Year by the Montreal English Critics Circle (MECCA). A winner of the protégé portion of the Siminovitch Prize for directors, Chris is known for his original approach to each project he tackles and for his attention to every detail from character development to set and lighting design. This is clearly a play that Chris feels strongly about as he continues his exploration of emotional realism. “The Glass Menagerie’s heartbreaking dance between comedy and tragedy and its unflinching look at the American working-class consciousness make it enduringly innovative 60 years after its inception...”

Abraham has assembled a formidable cast. The multi-talented actor/director, Rosemary Dumsmore, who won best actress awards last season from both MECCA and les Masques for her tour-de-force portrayal of a terminal cancer patient in Wit, will be playing the role of the matriarch, Amanda Wingfield. Michelle Monteith, who gained notice for her stellar work with the Montreal Young Company, will play her daughter, Laura. One of the youngest actor/playwrights to work and be produced at Stratford, Damien Atkins, will play the torn and troubled brother, Tom, with the dashing Sean Gallagher rounding out the ensemble as The Gentleman Caller.

The set design is by the team of Guido Tondino and Victoria Zimski. Guido has created sets and costumes for productions throughout Canada and the United States and is currently the Director of Scenography at the National Theatre School of Canada. Luc Prairie, who last year created the enchanting night sky for Salt-Water Moon, will lend his singular brand of lighting magic to this production. Costume designs are by Barbara Rowe who recently finished designing the Resurgence Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. Monica Esteves is the Stage Manager.

Playwright, poet, Pulitzer Prize-winner and fiction writer, Tennessee Williams remains one of the most important forces in twentieth-century North American drama. The Glass Menagerie was first produced in Chicago in 1944/45 to great acclaim, moving to Broadway shortly after, where it became an instant smash with 25 curtain calls on opening night. Among some of his other well-known plays are The Rose Tattoo (1950), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Night of the Iguana (1961). His plays triumphed in the United States as well as abroad, and today they are performed all over the world. When Williams died in 1983, he left behind an impressive body of work. Half a century later, the depth and universality of the characters he created continue to strike an honest and familiar chord, a true testament to his expansive talent.

Sunday-@-the-Saidye

The Sunday-@-the-Saidye (S@TS) for this play will be held after the opening, on Sunday, October 6 at 11 am in the SBC Theatre. As usual, the admission is free and refreshments will be served. Each S@TS event delivers informative artistic background to the production as well as lively question-and-answer discussions.

Monday Night Talkbacks

This year, the SBC Theatre has added another feature to enhance the theatre-going experience. Every Monday night, following the play, some of the actors will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Combined with the new lower rates for this evening, Monday night performances have become an outstanding package that true theatre aficionados cannot resist.

Tickets

Tickets prices range from $24.00 to $38.00, with a Special Student Rate of $16.00. Tickets can be purchased through the SBC Box Office, open from noon every day except Saturday at (514) 739-7944, or through Admission at (514) 790-1245.

Sponsors

Government sponsors are Heritage Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec Culture and Communications, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Ville de Montréal. Corporate sponsors include Via Rail and Absolut Vodka with CBC Television, The Gazette, CJAD 800 and Mix 96 providing media sponsorships. Hydro Quebec is the official SBC Theatre season sponsor.

Schedule

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 PM
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 8:30 PM
Sunday: 7:00 PM
Wed. & Sun. Matinées: 2:00 PM

Media contact: Barbara Ford
Telephone: 514 – 739 - 2301 ext. 326
Fax: 514 – 739 - 9340
E-mail: barbara@thesaidye.org