MONTREAL January 2006 – In a season that sees The Leanor
and Alvin Segal Theatre hosting three Artistic Directors from around the country
and across the pond, The Segal’s AD Bryna Wasserman is eager to start
2006 with Peter Hinton, newly appointed Artistic Director of English Theatre
at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, at the helm of his adaptation of A
Doll House. Joining Cabaret’s Steven Schipper (Manitoba
Theatre Centre) and The Importance of Being Earnest’s Ben Barnes
(The Abbey, Ireland’s national theatre), Hinton will undoubtedly continue
to raise the bar; offering Montreal audiences an inspired and memorable theatrical
Nora Helmer is a vibrant young housewife forced to save her husband Torvald's
life by arranging for a loan without his knowledge and by forging a signature.
The crime sets into motion a series of events that call the very validity of
their marriage into question. Nora ultimately makes a controversial choice that
continues to be debated by audiences to this day.
Peter Hinton is one of English Canada’s most respected directors, dramaturges
and playwrights. He has directed over 70 productions of classical texts, operas
and new plays, including all three parts of his trilogy The Swanne
for the Stratford Festival of Canada where he served as Artistic Associate.
Hinton is honoured to take part in the Ibsen centennial celebration with this
production at The Segal Theatre, “A Doll House is remarkably
fresh, dangerous and immediate, sexual, vibrant and alive. It is completely
my kind of play - subtle, dangerous and resiliently committed to forging a new
life. It is a play that for me is about rebirth: a spiritual 'awakening' within
the modern world: its possibility, difficulty and danger.”
The bright, collaborative cast members recreating this classic are: Andreas
Aspergis as Torvald Helmer (last seen in Porte Parole’s Seeds),
Chip Chiupka as Nils Krogstad (also last seen in Porte Parole's Seeds),
Clare Coulter as Mrs. Linde (a noted Canadian actor now Montreal resident),
Alison Darcy as Nora Helmer (a sought after actor performing in many of this
city’s companies), John Gilbert as Dr. Rank (a seasoned contributor to
both Shaw and Stratford Festivals) and Debra Kirshenbaum as Annie (now back
in her hometown, this marks Debra’s second Ibsen endeavour with Peter
Hinton). The creative team includes such respected Montrealers as set and costume
designer Eo Sharp, lighting designer David Perreault-Ninacs and sound designer
Troy Slocum. Stage management includes returning favourites, Todd Bricker and
Commonly performed under A Doll’s House, Peter Hinton chose
the present title as a more accurate translation of the original Norwegian.
He also felt that A Doll's House implied that Nora was the sole doll, whereas
A Doll House suggests that all the players are like dolls in the house.
88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Saidye with
Join us for another season of intimate conversation and riveting lectures as
The Segal excitedly welcomes Errol Durbach, Professor of Theatre Studies at
the University of British Columbia. His publications on the plays of Henrik
Ibsen include Ibsen the Romantic and A Doll’s House: Ibsen’s
Myth of Transformation. Beginning just a few short years ago, Sunday-@-the-Saidye
has evolved into a must experience event. Make Sunday mornings a day to really
look forward to in the weekly calendar.
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. Monday Night Talkbacks
provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal
with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre
to Montreal. Combined with lower rates for this evening, Monday night performances
have become an outstanding package that true theatre buffs cannot resist.
Presented as part of the Sun Life Financial Performing Arts section
of the Montreal High Lights Festival.
Tickets and Media Information
Previews: February 5 1:30 pm
February 6, 7, 8 8:00 pm
Sunday-@-the-Saidye: February 5,
Opening Night: Thursday, February 9, 8:00pm
Run: February 5-26
Sunday, 7:00 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays, 1:00pm / Sundays, 2:00 pm
Box Office: (514) 739-7944
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.
Admission 790-1245 www.admission.com