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June 18, 2012

Welcome to another edition of Flick's Picks. Take a peek below to learn more about our upcoming events.

We don't want you to miss what Pat Donnelly of The Gazette calls an ''Incredibly ambitious, star-studded 2012-2013 theatre season.'' Subscriber benefits include: up to 20% savings on regular tickets prices, free indoor parking, 10% discount on All Segal Centre Programs, free ticket exchange, exclusive discounts on cultural outings & 20% discount on the upcoming Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears with Theodore Bikel. Call today 514.739.7944!

Yiddish Musical Theatre at its best! Two shows not to be missed.

On Second Avenue returns to critical acclaim

"A polished retro musical event!" - Pat Donnelly, The Gazette

By Moishe Rosenfeld and Zalmen Mlotek
Co-directed by Bryna Wasserman and Audrey Finkelstein
Musical direction by John Gilbert
Choreography and musical staging by Jim White

June 10th to July 1st, 2012

On Second Avenue takes you back to the heyday of Yiddish theatre in 1930s New York, when such beloved performers like Molly Picon and Abraham Goldfaden lit up the stages of lower Manhattan's 2nd Avenue. Catchy and nostalgic songs from the cannon of Yiddish musical theatre, performed by a cast of over 30 actors and a live band, ensures a theatre experience like no other, courtesy of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.

See On Second Avenue come to life in this all-new behind-the-scenes video!

*Special limited time offer! Bring a child or grandchild under 18 to On Second Avenue for $18.00 on any Sunday evening at 7PM or selected other dates (subject to availibility). Call the Segal Centre Box Office for more information.

Presented by:

With the generous support of Barbara Seal, C.M. & Donald W. Seal, Q.C.

Do not miss the legendary THEODORE BIKEL perform solo in:


A play with music written by Theodore Bikel
with Accordionist Merima Ključo

SoCalled, piano
Musical arrangements by Tamara Brooks

"The evening is filled with poignancy and humor'' — New York Post

"It’s as evocative as any story."New York Times

''A thought-provoking story beautifully told'' Toronto Sun

Sholom Aleichem's stories introduced the world to Tevye the Milkman and inspired the landmark Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Bikel played Tevye for more than 2,000 performances onstage. Now as a playwright and star, Bikel brings to life one of literature's most beloved authors and a bevy of the most unforgettable characters he created.

A Honeyhill Production

Two special offers:

  • 2012-13 theatre subscribers get 20% OFF! (maximum 2 tickets per subscribers)
  • Bring a child or grandchild under 18 to Sholom Aleichem for $18.00 on any Sunday evening at 7PM or selected other dates (subject to availibility). Call the Segal Centre Box Office for more information.

Keep Yiddish Alive! Wall of a Thousand Names

Support Yiddish Theatre at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts:
After surviving the Holocaust, Dora Wasserman made a commitment to Keep Yiddish language and culture alive. In honour of her dream, in 2010, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre established a digital Wall of a Thousand Names. Last year, the campaign raised $10,100 in support of Yiddish programming at the Segal Centre. On the occasion of On Second Avenue, the Segal Centre is once again reaching out to the community. Anyone wishing to express their support may do so by adding their name to the wall for the nominal sum of $25.00 per individual. All proceeds raised through this initiative will be used to fund Yiddish Theatre programming and initiatives year round at the Segal Centre and will be eligible for a tax receipt.

Please click here to find out more and how to donate.

Don't miss the English Montreal premiere of Elizabeth Rex in the Segal Studio!

By two-time Governor General award-winning playwright Timothy Findley.

A Tableau d'Hôte Theatre production directed by Mike Payette and Liz Valdez

From MECCA-award winning theatre company Tableau D'Hôte Theatre

June 19th to July 1st, 2012

In 1601, William Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain's Men receive an unexpected visitor to their humble lodgings. The Queen herself has come to keep vigil on the eve of the execution of her former lover, the Earl of Essex. Her arrival provokes the rapier-sharp wit and keen insight of Ned Lowenscroft, brilliant performer of women's roles, and sparks the imagination of the Bard. The play wrestles with questions of identity, sexuality, and love, all the while asking: what makes a man a man, and a woman a woman?

Set in a timeless past with deep resonances for modern audiences, Elizabeth Rex is an imaginative 'tour de force'.

Starring Leni Parker as Elizabeth, Brett Watson as Ned and Arthur Holden as Will

Don't miss the 2 for 1 night on June 25 available in person or by phone at 514.739.7944. Only available on person the day of.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal - Grand Cru

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal take you behind the scenes of Harry, an impressive new creation by the American-Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall.

July 9th at 5:00pm

Be among the first to see excerpts from this work—created for the 40th-anniversary of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal—on July 9. The performance will be preceded by a cocktail beginning at 5 p.m., in the presence of the dancers, and followed by a discussion with BJM’s Artistic Director Louis Robitaille and Barak Marshall.

Tickets: $50

Barak Marshall, choreographer / © Photo: Daniel Tchetchik

Dancers: Andie Masazza, Brett Taylor, Kevin Delaney, James Gregg, Morgane Le Tiec / © Photo: Benjamin Von Wong

Titanic, the Untold Story

Written and directed by: Anthony Sherwood

100th Anniversary: 1912 - 2012
One of the most intriguing stories that have surfaced from the sinking of the Titanic.

July 16 to July 22, 2012 in the Segal Studio

Titanic: The Untold Story is a play that confronts fact with legend. Joseph Laroche, a man of Haitian descent, was the only Black person to sail aboard the Titanic. There is also a legend that the heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, was refused passage aboard the Titanic. As Laroche and Johnson tell their stories, there is an intense inter-play between the two characters, each one challenging the other’s actions in life. The two men couldn’t be more different. Laroche is an engineer, an academic with reason backed by science. Johnson is a loud braggart who thinks with his fists. The two men square off in a fight defending their actions, morals and ideas. It is a play laden with fierce verbal battles, quick wit and startling information about two black men and their relationship with the most famous ship in the world.

Coup de Coeur

"The Shaw Festival, located amid wine country in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just had their Opening Week. The Festival produces some of the best theatre in North America. You may remember company members Kevin Bundy (Hedda Gabler, The Importance of Being Earnest), Julia Course (Scientific Americans), Moya O'Connell (The Tempest) and Ric Reid (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? An Enemy of the People, Educating Rita), who have played prominent roles at the Segal Centre. Martha Henry CC (Rose and upcoming director of RED) directs Hedda Gabler and Blair Williams (Blithe Spirit, The Play's the Thing) directs The Millionairess. Homegrown sound designer/composer Dmitri Marine (Amadeus, Les Liaisons dangereuses, Blithe Spirit, The Play's the Thing) makes his Festival debut – break a leg, Mitya. The Shaw Festival continues until the end of October Send me an email: let me know what you think of their shows." – Paul Flicker

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