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News Release

The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre presents
Fiddler on the Roof

May 2004

Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories
Directed by Bryna Wasserman
JUNE 8-27, 2004
It'll have you singing from Sunrise to Sunset!



MONTREAL, May 2004 - The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, is proud to present this classic, heart-warming production. Presented in Yiddish, with English and French supertitles, the large, youthful cast will wow you with an evocative tapestry of traditional Jewish music including If I were a Rich Man, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and Tradition. Fiddler on the Roof is the humourous and heartbreaking story of Tevye, a dairyman trying to maintain the simplicities of his traditional life while his five daughters are quickly growing up. Each daughter represents a facet of the manychanges Jews faced in the social and cultural milieus of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, yet its themes remain timely and significant today.

Solomon Rabinovitz (1859-1917) was born in Russia and under the pen name Sholom Aleichem, which actually means, "how do you do," became a cultural hero and a household word. A gifted raconteur and spokesman for "the common man," Sholom Aleichem's popularity spread quickly throughout Europe. In America, where he and his family settled in 1914, Sholom Aleichem was hailed as the Jewish Mark Twain. This enduring play, based on his short stories of Tevye the Dairyman, fosters intercultural understanding through the arts, one of the mandates of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.

Sadly, this marks the Yiddish Theatre's first production since the passing this past December of its founding artistic director, Mrs. Dora Wasserman C.M., C.Q. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre continues to thrive, inspired largely by its founder's mission of promoting Jewish culture through Yiddish theatre, and in the next year alone will travel to Leeds, England and Vienna, Austria with its new, permanent touring arm: Wandering Stars.

Don't miss the 40th anniversary of this incredibly timely show




John Dinning is back as Set and Props Designer and Cindy Torreiro returns to the team as Costume Designer. Joining them are Ada Sinacore (Musical Director) and Lorna Wayne (Choreographer), with Lighting Design by Jacques-Olivier Dupuis, Sound Design by Rob Denton and Amanda Corber returning as Stage Manager.

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, Via Rail, Le Cantlie Suites Hotel, CBC Television, Laurentian Bank,The Gazette, CJAD 800 and Mix 96,
with Hydro Quebec as the season sponsor.

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The MEDIA CALL with excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof will be held on Tuesday June 8 at 12:30 pm.

This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still photography. Please confirm by June 2.

Media contacts: BEN GONSHOR 739-2301 ext. 326 bgonshor@saidyebronfman.org

JANIS KiRSHNER 739-2301 ext. 379 jkirshner@saidyebronfman.org