See Web Version | Version française Unsubscribe

Photo : Paul Ducharme

May 30, 2012

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

Last Wednesday, the Segal Centre hosted Diamonds & Champagne, a fundraising event in support of youth arts education at the Segal. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed a luxurious evening that featured the best of the best in the performing arts followed by the first annual Segal Centre after-party, Bling & Bubbly, presented by the Segal Centre Young Leaders. The benefit raised funds that contribute to Academy programming and educational initiatives at the Segal Centre, giving a voice to the next generation of artists in our community.

Renew today! If you have not yet renewed your 2012-2013 subscription, the deadline has passed! Seats will soon be released, call the Segal Centre box-office today at 514.739.7944 to purchase your subscription. Remember, exclusive Subscriber benefits offer best seats at best prices, free indoor parking plus a host of discounts at other Montreal cultural institutions.

Do not miss the final Mainstage production of the 2011-2012 season!

On Second Avenue back by popular demand!

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

A musical ride through the history of Yiddish Theatre featuring a huge cast and a live band! Bryna Wasserman returns to the Segal Centre as Honorary Artistic Director of the DWYT to co-direct this critically-acclaimed musical revue with Audrey Finkelstein. In Yiddish with English and French supertitles.

Don't forget! The last CJAD Sunday-@-The Segal of the season is on Sunday, June 10th at 11am.

For this final edition, we welcome expert in Jewish Studies and Yiddish language and culture, Anna Fishman Gonshor.

An active member of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre for over fifty years, Mrs. Gonshor is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University and has served for many years as faculty in the YIVO Weinreich Summer Programme in Yiddish Language and Culture at Columbia University and at NYU. A leading voice in Yiddish academia, in 2009 Ms. Fishman Gonshor chaired the academic symposiums which were part of the First and Second International Yiddish Theatre Festivals at the Segal Centre in Montreal.

Presented by:

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.

2012-13 Subscribers get 20% OFF!

Do not miss the legendary THEODORE BIKEL perform solo in:


A play with music written by Theodore Bikel
Musical directors: Josh Dolgin (aka SoCalled) and John Gilbert
with Accordionist Merima Kljuco

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

Start off the summer theatre season with Timothy Findley's acclaimed Canadian play Elizabeth Rex!

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

June 19th to July 1st, 2012 in the Segal Studio

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

Mother in Love

The Segal Centre presents:
A Jewish Public Library Hebrew Theatre Production
Mother in Love
By Goren Agmon
Directed by Rachelle Glait

June 2nd at 9:30pm
June 3rd at 7:30pm

A hit at the Beit Lessin Theatre in Tel-Aviv, Mother in Love tells the story of Michal, a successful lawyer and divorced mother of two, who finds herself on her own when her two grown sons leave home. When she falls in love and discovers a whole new life, one of her sons objects. The clash that follows raises the question: how far must a parent go for his or her child?

Presented in Hebrew with English supertitles.

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED BY: Three Decades of Experimental Film at Concordia

May 31st at 7:30pm

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, CinemaSpace presents the most remarkable student films selected from the school's archive by CinemaSpace co-directors Daïchi Saïto and Malena Szlam. In collaboration with the Department of Cinema and Visual Media Resources, Concordia University.

The Cummings Centre Talkumentaries film series presents:


Directed by Ofer Inov
June 13th at 8pm in the CinemaSpace

Fluchkes (Yiddish for flabby arms) follows the creative process of the dance performance "Gila". A group of colorful and energetic 72 to 82 year old women bravely confront the hardships and demands of the art of dance. At the same time, these honest and candid women openly share their personal experiences and feelings on aging.

The Laugh Pack Late Show: For People Who Dig Comedy

One of Montreal's hottest indie stand-up comedy nights" – Richard Burnett, The Montreal Gazette (read the article)

May 31st at 10pm, doors at 9pm.

Headliner: Mike Patterson
Middler: Nick Brazao
Opener: Eddy King

Co-hosted by the Segal Centre's own Keith Waterfield and Fringe Festival Director Amy Blackmore.

Tickets: 5$

Celebrate Bloomsday at the Segal Centre on June 15th!

Presented by McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL)
In the Segal Centre CinemaSpace on Friday June 15th at 1:00pm

Bloomsday commemorates the anniversary of the events of Ulysses, James Joyce's masterpiece. Every year, Bloomsday is celebrated in different cities around the world with public readings of Ulysses, lectures on Joyce and his work.

Enjoy two short films that commemorate this event followed by a brief discussion afterwards:

The Bloom Mystery (2007) Hungarian-born filmmaker Csilla Toldy explores the Hungarian-Jewish origins of Leopold Bloom and takes us to his father's birthplace in Hungary. Presented at 1pm.

Shalom Ireland – Shalom Ireland (2003) by director Valerie Lapin Ganley. This documentary about Ireland's little-known Jewish community traces the history of Irish Jewry and the involvement of Irish Jews in major historical events central to Irish Independence and the foundation of Israel. Presented at 1:45pm.

For more information: click here

The Segal Centre and the McGill School of Continuing Studies PACE program presents:


Tuesday June 12th at 6:30pm

Your chance to tour the Segal Centre mainstage space, be treated to a lesson in Yiddish diction by a McGill University dialect coach and learn one of the lively songs from On Second Avenue! After a short break, enjoy a performance of On Second Avenue.

PACE (Personal and Cultural Enrichment) is a forum for exploring topics of interest for personal enrichment, to assist in life transitions or to gain practical skills to apply to your daily life. PACE sessions are dynamic and interactive educational experiences drawing from an extensive pool of academic, artistic, and professional talent.

For more information or to register click here.

Coup de Coeur

"It is Opening Week at the Stratford Festival. This year's company features some of the finest actors in Canada, including many you have seen on the Segal stage: Carla Bennett (Houdini), Michael Blake (Scientific Americans), Ben Carlson (The Importance of Being Earnest), Naomi Costain (Cabaret), Carmen Grant and Nora McLellan (both Harvey), Randy Hughson (Buried Child and upcoming in RED), C. David Johnson (Tryst), Ian Lake (Amadeus), Ayrin Mackie (Lies My Father Told Me), Alon Nashman (Jerusalem: the Musical, My Mother's Courage), and Gareth Potter (The Tempest). Keep your eye on Leah Doz, a recent NTS grad who is going to light up their stages. Segal Centre favourite Chris Abraham (Salt-Water Moon, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, I Am My Own Wife, Geometry in Venice) directs The Matchmaker. The Stratford Festival continues until the end of October Send me an email: let me know what you think of their shows.

Closer to home, it is Fringe Festival time! Tons of shows from Montreal and around the world. Great for those like me who love late night theatre. Astra Theatre, which is run by members of the Segal Front of House and Box Office staff, is putting on a production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Crystle Reid is directing and Liz Neal and Scott Humphrey are performing. Alice plays from 16-24 June at Les Scènes Contemporaines La Chapelle. The Montreal Fringe Festival runs from June 4th to 24th all around the Plateau. " – Paul Flicker

Subscribe Today!

When you subscribe to the Segal Centre, you not only save money, guarantee great seats and secure indoor parking, you make your voice heard. Knowing there is a committed, enthusiastic audience inspires us to be ambitious in our programming. If you are a subscriber, thank you for your contribution and support. If you're looking for great gift ideas, learn more about our gift certificates by visiting us online, visiting the box office or giving us a call.

If you haven't subscribed, call 514.739.7944 and speak to one of our customer service representatives to learn about the many options available.

Together, we ensure a lasting and strong cultural presence in Montreal.

If you do not wish to receive this newsletter anymore, click:unsubscribe.
Click here to read the privacy policy.