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News Release

Sunday-@-the Saidye

Diana Leblanc, Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko and Bryna Wasserman.

February 6, 2005

Artistic Director Bryna Wasserman proudly welcomes Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko and actor/director Diana Leblanc for an intimate discussion of our upcoming production, Martin Sherman’s Rose, starring Martha Henry and directed by Miss Leblanc. February 6 at 11 a.m. in The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, 5170 Cote Ste Catherine Rd. Admission is free.

“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
Rose is a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called The Exodus and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona Canyons and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami Beach. The play is a portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and a reminder of some of the events that shaped the twentieth century.

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Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko has served as Rabbi at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation since 1986. He serves on a variety of local and national Jewish boards and executives, has served as the chair of the March of the Living for Montreal on several occasions and this year was the national Rabbi for the March of the Living. In addition, he serves on the executive committee of the Canadian Jewish congress of the Quebec region, and is a past President of the Montreal Board of Rabbi's.

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 ). She directed our co-production with Soulpepper Theatre Company of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1999.

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.