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News Release

Martha Henry in Rose
January 2005

The Award-Winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre
proudly presents

Martha Henry in
By Martin Sherman
Directed by Diana Leblanc

February 6 to February 27

"A Legendary Actress, A Brilliant Director, An Amazing Solo Performance."

MONTREAL, January 2005 - After nearly two decades away Martha Henry, "The First Lady of the Canadian Stage," makes her return to Montreal in Martin Sherman's Rose. Diana Leblanc, one of Canada's leading ladies of the stage, directs.

Rose is the story of an eighty-something Jewish woman who has witnessed first-hand many of the twentieth century's tumultuous events. From the Russian shtetl to the Warsaw ghetto, to the doomed refugee ship "Exodus" and the fading glitz of postwar Atlantic City Rose has been tossed about like debris. But she is the ultimate survivor, looking back with a sense of detached wonder and an admirable lack of bitterness. It is both a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman, and a moving reminder of some of the tumultuous events that shaped the twentieth century.

Atlantic City was Warsaw-on-the-Sea, which was ironic because if ever a people were not built for bathing suits, it was ours.
- Rose

Martha Henry was the first graduate of The National Theatre School. Her career has taken her to many theatres across Canada, Britain and the United States. Over many, many years, Miss Henry has been a regular at the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre. She has starred in innumerable Shakespearean and other classical works. She is the recipient of the Governor General's Award for Performing Arts, is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has received seven honourary degrees from universities in Canada and the United States.

Toronto-based actor/director Diana Leblanc is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company and is renowned for her association with the Stratford Festival, in particular for her direction of Sweet Bird of Youth, Death of a Salesman, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth (starring Martha Henry) and, most famously, Long Day's Journey Into Night (which inspired the 1999 adaptation produced for Great Performances on PBS ).

Martin Sherman is the award-winning author of many plays, which have been produced in more than 45 countries. They include Passing By, Rio Grande, Bent (Tony nomination, Dramatists Guild's Hull-Warriner Award), Messiah, When She Danced, A Madhouse in Goa, Some Sunny Day and Rose. His screenplays include The Summer House, Bent, Alive and Kicking, Callas Forever and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. Martin received a 2004 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical for The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman.

The creative team bringing Rose to the stage includes: Lauren Snell (Stage Manager), Romain Fabre (Set/Costume Designer), Spike Lyne (Lighting Designer), Troy Slocum (Sound Designer), Keith Thomas (Composer), Amanda Corber (Apprentice Stage Manager)

88.5 CBC Radio One Presents Sunday-@-the Saidye
Featuring Martha Henry and Diana Leblanc in an intimate discussion about the process of bringing Rose from the page to the stage.

The popular Sunday-@-the Saidye discussion series began three seasons ago in order to enhance the audience's theatre-going experience. The public attends these programmes in ever-growing numbers as playwrights, directors, designers, radio-personalities, historians and even scientists provide a background to the plays throughout the season. For the 2004-05 season, the award-winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre has partnered with 88.5 CBC Radio One to lend greater prestige to an event growing ever more popular in the public's eye. As such, this season provides an opportunity for audiences to be part of a nationally broadcast program.

Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada

Says Annick Laberge of Pratt and Whitney Canada: "Wherever the company is located, Pratt & Whitney Canada plays an active role in the community by providing support for the arts, health, the environment, education and social events." To this extent, the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre will, throughout the run of Rose, be inviting leading figures of the community at large to lead these popular, post-show events.

Rose is presented as part of the Sun Life Performing Arts section of this year's Montreal High Lites Festival.

Tickets and Media Information

Previews: February 6 1:30 pm
February 7 8:00 pm
February 8 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the-Saidye February 6, 11 am

Opening Night: February 9, 8pm

Run: February 6-27

Monday-Thursday, 8pm
Saturday, 8:30
Sunday, 7 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays, 1pm / Sundays, 2 pm

BOX OFFICE: (514) 739-7944
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.

Admission 790-1245 www.admission.com

The MEDIA CALL for Rose will be held on Wednesday, February 2. This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still photography.
Please confirm by Friday, January 28.