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The Tempest
November 2004

The Award-Winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre
of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts
proudly presents

Gareth Armstrong and Douglas Campbell in
The Tempest
By William Shakespear
Directed by Madd Harold

MONTREAL November 2004 - Madd Harold, Artistic Director of Gravy Bath Productions, has been lauded for his unique and creative theatrical vision. Now, with The Tempest, The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre invites him to take on his biggest directing challenge. “As part of our development of artists and the theatre community in Montreal, we’re happy that Madd will be bringing his unique talent to this production,” says Bryna Wasserman, Artistic Director of the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre. “He has demonstrated himself with some spectacular productions on our second stage, the Saidye ‘B’, and we are certain that his Tempest will not disappoint.”

This exotic, mystical play finds Prospero, an exiled Duke, marooned with his daughter Miranda on the sandy, idyllic shores of an island paradise. Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest features talks with fairies and the romance of Miranda and Ferdinand. Madd is keen to illuminate some of the primal themes, “The Old World and the New World meet in this exploration of freedom, redemption and transformation.” This imaginative play incorporates video, illusion and the original songs from the period.

Madd Harold leads a top-notch multi-generational company that embodies the ideas on stage. Celebrate the young, honoured actor working alongside the experienced. Enjoy the harmony of the emergent set/costume designer and the accomplished lighting designer.

The stellar cast of twelve actors includes Gareth Armstrong (Prospero), creator of the Saidye hit Shylock; renowned Stratford Festival actor Douglas Campbell (Gonzalo); Yann Bernaquez (Boatswain), last seen in Gravy Bath’s Kali Yuga; Greg Kramer (Antonio), an award-winning novelist, actor and director; Tristan D. Lalla (Caliban), just seen in Man of la Mancha; Gordon Masten (Sephano), talented actor and music theatre performer; Kyle MacDougall (Sebastian) part of Saidye ‘B’s 2003 New Classical Theatre Festival, Trent Pardy (Ariel), performed the title role of Gravy Bath’s Coriolanus; Moya O'connell (Miranda), last appeared in Montreal in Tiger’s Heart; Gareth Potter (Ferdinand) just closed the season at Stratford; Andrew Shaver (Tinculo), Canadian artistic director of the respected Sabooge Theatre; and Ivan Smith (Alonso), seen on stage, television, film and cabaret.

The inspired team bringing the elements alive is: Nelly Savova (Set/Costume Designer), Claude Accolas (Lighting Designer), Rob Denton, Ben Finkelberg (Sound Designers), Todd Bricker (Stage Manger) Karla Trujillo Villon (Assistant Stage Manager), Frances Balenzano (Assistant Director), Lissa Bobrow and Jennifer Wade (Apprentice Stage Managers).

Sunday-@-the Saidye presented and hosted by 88.5 CBC Radio One
Douglas Campbell – My Life in the Theatre

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. The season got off to a great start with Robert Adams enjoying a capacity crowd for his discussion of Man of La Mancha, hosted by Jeanette Kelly. Now, partnered with 88.5 CBC Radio One, we provide an opportunity for audiences to be part of a nationally broadcast program.

For The Tempest, enjoy an up-close-and-personal discussion with Stratford Festival master actor Douglas Campbell. Have a chat with the actor who perhaps does Shakespeare better than any other Canadian, and has been doing so throughout a rich and varied career.

Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada
As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers 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 buffs cannot resist.

The Tempest is produced in part through the assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Interdepartmental Partnership with Official Language Communities (IPOLC).

Tickets and Media Information

: November 21 1:30 pm
November 22, 23 8:00 pm
Sunday-@-the-Saidye: November 21, 11 am
Opening Night: November 24, 8pm
Run: November 21 to December 6
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 The Tempest will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 1PM. This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still photography. Please confirm by Friday, November 12 to Janis Kirshner.

Ben Gonshor, Director – Marketing and Communications
(514) 739-2301

Janis Kirshner, Publicist
(514) 287-8912