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The Toronto Jewish Book Fair presents Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatreís production of Fiddler on the Roof
November 12-14, 2005

The Toronto Jewish Book Fair presents

Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatreís production of


Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichemís stories
Directed by Bryna Wasserman
November 12-14, 2005 Leah Posluns Theatre, Toronto

Itíll have you singing from Sunrise to Sunset!

MONTREAL, October 2005 - The award -winning, internationally acclaimed Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre tours to Toronto to present this classic, heart-warming production, in Yiddish with English supertitles, at the Leah Posluns Theatre. Presented as part of the 29th annual Jewish Book Fair, the large cast will wow you with an evocative tapestry of traditional Jewish music including If I were a Rich Man, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and Tradition. Fiddler on the Roof is the humorous and heartbreaking story of Tevye, a dairyman trying to maintain the simplicities of his traditional life while his five daughters are quickly growing up. Each daughter represents a facet of the many changes Jews faced in the social and cultural milieus of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, yet its themes remain timely and significant today.

Solomon Rabinovitz (1859-1917) was born in Russia and under the pen name Sholem Aleichem, which actually means, “how do you do,” became a cultural hero and a household word. A gifted raconteur and spokesman for “the common man,” Sholem Aleichem’s popularity spread quickly throughout Europe. In America, where he and his family settled in 1914, Sholem Aleichem was hailed as the Jewish Mark Twain. This enduring play, based on his short stories of Tevye the Dairyman, fosters intercultural understanding through the arts, one of the mandates of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.

Founded close to fifty years ago by Dora Wasserman C.M., C.Q., the Montreal based Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre continues to thrive, inspired largely by its founder’s mission of promoting Jewish culture through Yiddish theatre. Bryna Wasserman, who is also the Artistic Director of the Leanor & Alvin Segal Theatre (English) has taken over her late mother’s helm as Artistic Director of the Yiddish Theatre. This Yiddish Theatre has been honoured with many awards including several recent MECCA awards for original plays. This past year the Theatre received two Drama Desk Award nominations for its co-production of On Second Avenue with New York’s Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre and this past summer produced an original, musical adaptation of Ted Allan’s beloved story Lies My Father Told Me. In June of 2006 The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre will present its production of Sholem Asch’s God Of Vengeance at The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre in Montreal.

PERFORMANCES: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 pm & Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm
BOX OFFICE: (416) 636-1880 Ext. 368
E-MAIL: bookfair@bjcc.ca
PRICE: $36
Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario