September, 2006 – For the first time ever, the award-winning
Leanor and Alvin Segal is proud to present a play by one of the most legendary
names of twentieth century theatre: Fallen Angels, by Noël Coward,
will open the 2006-07 season of First Class Theatre, running October 22nd –November
Directed by Diana Leblanc (whose most recent Segal Theatre production was the
award-winning Rose, starring Martha Henry) Fallen Angels features
three of Canada’s leading ladies of the stage: Clare Coulter,
Brigitte Robinson and Goldie Semple. “Their appearance at our
Theatre only serves to reinforce our commitment to bringing First Class English
language theatre to Montreal,” said Bryna Wasserman, Segal Theatre Artistic
& Executive Director. Rounding out the cast for this production are Noel
Burton, Tim Hines and Paul-Antoine Taillefer.
In Fallen Angels, two couples, Julia and Fred and Willy and Jane,
are happily married and the best of friends. That is, until a postcard arrives
with news of an imminent visit from Maurice, a handsome Frenchman carrying strong
ties from the pasts of both Julia and Jane. This is Noël Coward at his
unmatched best - gay, debonair, sophisticated. This style won him international
acclaim as the most successful creator of high comedy in modern day theatre.
Coward’s legendary reputation is well deserved. Fallen Angels
was penned during the playwright’s particularly prolific period in the
1920’s. In 1925, the year of the play’s premiere, Coward had three
concurrent productions running simultaneously (On With The Dance, Hay
Fever and Fallen Angels), a record that stood for half a century.
His career as playwright, actor, director, producer, comedian and dancer was
unmatched in his lifetime, a fact that led some to dub him “The Master.”
Indeed only two statues stand in the foyer of London’s oldest theatre
– the Royal Drury Lane Theatre: William Shakespeare’s on the left
and Noël Coward’s on the right.
Along with director Diana Leblanc, the creative team bringing Fallen Angels
to life at the Segal Theatre are Michael Gianfrancesco (Set
and Costume Director), Claude Accolas (Lighting Designer),
Rob Denton (Sound Designer) and Jen Strahl
Even prior to the first performance of the season, The Segal Theatre is off
to a remarkable start. Its historic collaboration with La Compagnie Jean Duceppe
saw the opening of that theatre’s season with the French translation of
My Old Lady, part of the Segal’s previous season. And with over
3100 subscribers already on board to date, this marks an increase over last
season’s record breaking total of 3000. “We are so proud that our
efforts at reaching out to the community are really bearing fruit,” a
delighted Wasserman said.
88.5 CBC Radio One Presents Sunday-@-the Segal Featuring
Join us for another exciting season of intimate conversations and riveting
lectures as acclaimed literary reviewer, Robert Adams, speaks about, The Master:
Robert Adams has been profiled several times on television and his lectures
are featured on TV Ontario's Big Ideas and Book TV. His biography of painter
Alexander Bercovitch was short-listed for the 1988 Q Spell Award. His collection
of lectures, A Love of Reading, was a national best seller and the sequel, A
Love of Reading-The Second Collection, was short-listed for the 2003 Mavis Gallant
Award for Non-Fiction. In 2005, he was honoured with a gala evening by the Jewish
Public Library and was the keynote speaker at the Canadian National Jewish Book
Awards in Toronto.
Sunday, October 22nd, 11am. Admission is Free.
Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada
Tickets and Media Information
Previews: October 22, 1:30 PM
October 23, 24, 25 8:00 PM
Opening Night: October 26, 8pm
Run: October 22-November 12, 2006
Sunday, 7 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays, 1pm / Sundays, 2 pm
BOX OFFICE: (514) 739-7944
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.
The MEDIA CALL for Fallen Angels will be held on
Thursday, October 19 at 12:30PM for Still Cameras and 1PM for Video
Cameras. This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still
photography. Please confirm by October 13.
Diana Leblanc - Director
Diana’s previous credits at The Segal Theatre include Rose,
starring Martha Henry and A Streetcar Named Desire, a co-production
with Soulpepper Theatre Company. Stratford: Long Day’s Journey Into
Night, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Cherry Orchard, Death
of A Salesman, Macbeth, The Seagull and, most recently,
the highly acclaimed, Ghosts; For Soulpepper: The Maids, The
Real Thing (Soulpepper/NAC), The Zoo Story. Elsewhere: Long
Day’s Journey Into Night (MTC); Copenhagen (Mirvish Productions/NAC/Neptune).
Opera Director: The Rape of Lucretia (Pacific Opera, Opera Centre Amsterdam,
COC), Dialogues des Carmelites (Calgary Opera, COC). Upcoming: A
Delicate Balance (Stratford), Retreat From Moscow (Theatre Calgary)
and The Unanswered Question (NAC). Diana is a National Theatre School
graduate and a founding member of Soulpepper.
Based in Montreal, Clare appeared last year at the Segal Theatre in A
Doll House. Previously based in Toronto she has performed in most theatres
there, including Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto Free Theatre (founding member),
CanStage, Factory Lab Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Tarragon (35 productions)
- including an international tour of The Fever which played in Montreal
in private venues as well (1774, Strange Fish, Geordie). She performed at the
Centaur as Constance in Goodnight Desdemona, Goodmorning Juliet.
Brigitte Robinson lives in Niagara-on-the Lake where she is a member of the
Shaw Festival Company. Credits there include, The Return of The Prodigal,
The Importance of Being Earnest, Marathon 33 and An Ideal
Husband. She has performed in many notable productions across Canada including
Blythe Spirit and Present Laughter (Citadel) and numerous
shows at both the N.A.C. and the Grand Theatre in London. She has also appeared
in many television shows, including three seasons as host of Switchback (C.B.C.).
Fallen Angels marks Goldie’s Montreal debut. This past summer
she celebrated her 14th season with The Shaw Festival, appearing in The
Magic Fire. Other favourite credits there include Camille, Heartbreak
House, The Royal Family, Easy Virtue and Picnic.
She also appeared for many seasons at The Stratford Festival in such roles as
Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, and The Shrew. A graduate of U.B.C. and The Bristol
Old Vic, Goldie has also taught at numerous Canadian Universities and N.Y.U.