MONTREAL May 2007 – Don’t miss the close to the
2006-07 season at The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre with this highly anticipated
production by The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre. The award-winning song and
dance journey Those Were the Days brings to life
the Yiddish theatre’s rich history with a multi-talented cast and a toe-tappin’
live band, led by Musical Director, John Gilbert, with Bryna Wasserman at the
creative helm as Director.
In a high-velocity world that is often dehumanizing, Those Were
the Days evokes an uncomplicated, pre-Lavalife and JDate time
when holding hands meant something. In this musical journey following troubadour
performers from turn of the century Europe to the dirty 30’s in New York
City, the audience is compelled to appreciate the beauty, humour and compassion
that lie in the small details of daily existence.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre continues to foster intercultural awareness
and understanding, as was evident with this past November’s Those
Were the Days European tour to Dresden, Prague and Vienna. Bryna
Wasserman explains, “Like the Wandering Stars in Those Were
the Days, we are the modern day troubadours, travelling from town
to town, building on the foundations laid by those who have come before us.”
Entertainment industry icons like Stella Adler, Sidney Lumet and Paul Muni gained
valuable experience working in the rich training ground of Yiddish theatre.
Past Yiddish Theatre successes include Lies My Father Told Me, The
Threepenny Opera, The Great Houdini, On Second Avenue
(also by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld), God of Vengeance and
Fiddler on the Roof.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is broaching
50 years of moving, uplifting, enlightening, traditional as well as contemporary
productions that are embraced by everyone.
Songs include: Mazel Tov, a wedding medley; Papirosn
(Cigarettes), inspired by lonely orphans of WW I who survived by selling cigarettes
on the street; In an Orem Shtibele (In a Poor Little
House), where paradise resides side by side with poverty, and Vu
Iz Dos Gesele (Where Is the Street?), a poignant description of
a boy’s small village and the girl he loves when in reality, they exist
only in his dream and his song.
The talented cast of nine is comprised of both longstanding Dora Wasserman
Yiddish Theatre triple-threats as well as gifted newcomers: Mark Bassel, Billy
Finkelstein, Aron Gonshor, Michelle Heisler, Karen Karpman, Richard Martz, Brad
Picken, Andee Shuster and Sam Stein. Musical director and pianist, John Gilbert,
heard last season in Cabaret, leads the live band with Stephane Allard
on violin, Chet Doxas on reeds, Ben Gonshor on bass guitar and Liam O’Neill
Taking us back in time, the imaginative design team includes set designer extraordinaire,
John C. Dinning, who has been part of the Yiddish Theatre for almost two decades;
choreographer, Lorna Wayne, who has choreographed nine previous Yiddish Theatre
productions; sound designer, Rob Denton, marking his 10th anniversary with the
Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre; costume designer, James Lavoie, who most recently
designed Amadeus and lighting designer, Jacques-Olivier Dupuis, whose
Segal Theatre work includes Major Barbara and Fiddler on the Roof
among others. The stage manager is Amanda Corber.
88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segal with
Sunday, June 3, 11am. Admission is free.
Join us for another season of intimate conversation and riveting lectures as
we welcome author and playwright Nahma Sandrow. Ms Sandrow will offer a dynamic
talk on her book, Vagabond Stars: A History of the Yiddish Theater.
Tickets and Media Information
June 3 1:30 pm
June 4, 5, 6 8:00 pm
Sunday-@-the-Segal: June 3 11:00 am
Opening Night: Thurs., June 7 8:00pm
Run: June 3 – 28
Saturday, June 9 & 16 9:30pm
Sunday 7:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.
The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre in the
The Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts