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Shakespeare for My Father
January 2007

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre
Domini Blythe
Shakespeare for My Father
By Lynn Redgrave
Directed by William Carden

One of Canada's leading actors to perform Redgrave's tribute to her legendary father

MONTREAL January 2007 – The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre proudly presents its first play of 2007: Domini Blythe in Shakespeare for My Father, by Lynn Redgrave, February 4th – 25th, directed by William Carden.

Featuring excerpts from some of the Bard's most memorable works, Shakespeare for My Father is a moving portrait of a child's longing for the love of the daunting and charismatic Shakespearean actor who was her father. "The (excerpt) that seems most painfully relevant is King Lear," said The Guardian in its 1996 review of the play. "Lynn Redgrave casts herself as one of nature's Cordelias: a shy, tongue-tied child who cannot heave her heart into her mouth and who even walks in fear of her aloof father (Sir Michael Redgrave). As Sir Michael lies dying of Parkinson's disease, the barriers fall and the two of them are at last able to declare their love: a situation more common in British family life than we care to admit."

"I've lived this play in my own life;" said Domini Blythe, clearly excited by the prospect of bringing this production to the Segal stage. "I studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, at the University of London, whose alumni also includes Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave as well as Sir Laurence Olivier." Furthermore, Ms. Blythe's father appeared in Wolfitz's King Lear, a production many consider to be the finest of the Twentieth Century and one that inspired a young Christopher Plummer to pursue an acting career.

Domini Blythe is one of the leading actors in Canadian theatre today, appearing with the Stratford and Shaw Festivals and starring in productions at many of the leading theatres in Canada. Over the last three decades, the core of Ms. Blythe's work has been her many seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada, most recently as Goneril in Christopher Plummer's King Lear and as Fanny Kemble in Fanny Kemble, written and directed by Peter Hinton.

Director, William Carden, was most recently Artistic Director of the HB Playwrights Foundation and Theatre in New York City. At HB, he directed Mrs. Klein by Nicholas Wright, starring Uta Hagen. He also directed Ms. Hagen in Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, which played at the Stratford Festival of Canada and the Segal Theatre. Mr. Carden directed the all-star reading of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Uta Hagen, Jonathan Pryce, Mia Farrow, and Matthew Broderick at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. He also directed a production of Virginia Woolf? at the Stratford Festival.

Joining Mr. Carden on the creative team bringing Shakespeare for My Father to the Segal stage are: Jean-Claude Olivier (Set Designer); James Lavoie (Costume Designer); Spike Lyne (Lighting Designer); Rob Denton (Sound Designer); and Todd Bricker (Stage Manager).


Join us for another exciting season of riveting lectures and intimate conversations as we welcome Antoni Cimolino, Genereal Director of The Stratford Festival of Canada, and Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO of The Montreal Board of Trade, for a wide ranging discussion on "The business of arts\The arts and business," "Shakespeare on Management," and more!

Sunday, February 4th, 11:00 am

Admission is free - General Admission on a first come first serve basis.

Tickets and Media Information

Previews: February 4th, 1:30 pm
February 5th, 8:00 pm
February 6th, 8:00 pm
February 7th, 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the-Segal: Sunday, February 4th, 11:00 am

Opening Night:February 8th, 8pm

Run: February 4th-25th

Monday-Thursday, 8:00pm
Saturday, 8:30pm
Sunday, 7:00 pm

Matinées: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm / Sundays, 2:00 pm

BOX OFFICE: (514) 739-7944
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.
Admission 790-1245 www.admission.com

The Media Call will take place Wednesday, January 31st: 12:30 pm, still cameras. 1pm, video cameras. Please rsvp no later than Friday, January 26th.

Shakespeare for My Father is presented as part of the Sun Life Performing Arts section of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival.


The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre
2006 Masque Award Winner - Best English Languge Production in Quebec (Cabaret)
2006 MECCA Award Winner – Best Professional Production
(The Importance of Being Earnest)

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