The Toronto Jewish Book Fair presents
Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatreís production of
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
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
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
Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario