SALUTING THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE!
Since 1958, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has been dramatising the Jewish experience and sustaining the Yiddish theatre legacy at home at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal and on tour to 48 cities in North America, Israel and Europe. This Yiddish Theatre has many reasons to celebrate. Its audiences keep growing, numbering in the thousands for each production, and young actors keep joining the large repertory company. Its plays – classics and original works, dramas and musicals – are critically acclaimed. Its archives record the treasures of the past while YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences), its youth wing, remains vibrant and popular.
For over fifty years, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has presented more than 85 plays. It has built bridges to the French and English theatre communities through collaborative projects and received numerous awards. Dora Wasserman, the company’s founder, was honoured with many awards including the Order of Canada, the Order of Quebec, and a Masque Award for Lifetime Achievement from her peers in the Quebec theatre community. The Yiddish Theatre was renamed in Dora’s honour in 2002. From 1996 to 2011 the company was led to new heights by Dora’s daughter, Bryna Wasserman who remains the Honorary Artistic Director.
In 2008 the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre marked its 50th anniversary with an unprecedented 9-day international festival. The Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival was the largest international gathering of Yiddish theatres from Poland, Romania, Israel, USA, Canada, France, Austria and Australia along with musicians, scholars and filmmakers. The 2nd edition of this Festival took place in June 2011 and was also an enormous success.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT) consists of three major components: its mainstage theatre production and year-round programmes, its Young Actors for Young Audiences courses, and the DWYT Archives.
TODAY, THE GREAT TREASURES OF YIDDISH CULTURE THAT DORA WASSERMAN SOUGHT TO SUSTAIN OVER FIFTY YEARS AGO ARE BEING PASSED ON TO YET ANOTHER GENERATION.
Honorary Artistic Director: Bryna Wasserman
Coordinator DWYT 12-13: Dan Laxer
Committee Chair: Aron Gonshor
DWYT Committee Members: Edit Kuper, Fred Bettman, Raizel Candib, Ronnie Roter, Stephanie Finkelstein, Richard Martz, Dan Goldstein, Maia Cooper, and Battia Bettman.
Support Yiddish Theatre at the Segal Centre for Performing ArtsKeep Yiddish Alive! Wall of a Thousand Names
After surviving the Holocaust, Dora Wasserman made a commitment to keep Yiddish Theatre 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.
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.
Make a gift today!
Volunteer with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish TheatreDo you love Yiddish theatre and want to participate in its continued cultural legacy?
Become a DWYT volunteer today!
Current production: Duddy Kravitz
Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi
Book by Daniel S. Wise
Lyrics by David Schechter
Music and additional lyrics by Shlomo Carlebach
Directed by Bryna Wasserman and Rachelle Glait
“A joyous, leaping roar” “an unabashedly celebratory show” - The New York Times
Presented in Yiddish with English and French Supertitles.
Soul Doctor is an uplifting new musical about the life and music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and his friendship with the high-priestess of soul, Nina Simone.
Beginning with his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the show follows Carlebach's surprising journey as he becomes a rabbinical prodigy who leads a religious revival movement, discovers gospel and soul music through his friendship with Simone, and has a meteoric rise as a “Rock Star Rabbi.” In the '60s he performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. Stardom, however, had a price and Carlebach had to make peace with his family, faith and personal demons. Featuring over 30 of Shlomo’s timeless hits, Soul Doctor is an exhilarating musical journey through the triumphs and tribulations of a cultural phenomenon.
THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE PRESENTS ITS 2013-2014
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April 6-7, 2014
DI KOMEDYANTN - Back by Popular Demand!
In the Studio
A staged reading of Di Komedyantn, Miriam Hoffman’s adaptation of The Sunshine Boys, with Sam Stein, Aron Gonshor, Ben Gonshor and other members of the DWYT company!
In Yiddish with English Supertitles
May 19, 2014
The Montreal premiere of the first Canadian movie made in Yiddish.
Just released, The Pin is a love story against a Holocaust backdrop, showing how human beings can create heaven in the midst of hell.
Written and directed by Naomi Jaye.
A Talkback follows with young filmmakers Naomi Jaye (Writer-Director) and Daniel Bekerman (Producer)
In Yiddish with English Supertitles
THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE’S I ♥ YIDDISH SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE OUTSTANDING GENEROSITY OF THE ALVIN SEGAL FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE DEDICATION OF THE SEGAL CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS.
Based on core Jewish values and inspired by the vision of Dora and Bryna Wasserman, YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences) builds on the success of its original award-winning theatre program which seeks to instill a love of the performing arts in new generations of artists and audiences. From toddlers to young adults, YAYA provides youth with a progressive learning experience in the performing arts. Over the years, YAYA has enhanced self-confidence, self-esteem, creativity, critical thinking, self-discipline, teamwork, empathy and inter-cultural understanding among youth.
Past successful productions such as No More Raisins, No More Almonds by Batia Bettman and The Children of Terezin featuring the opera Brundibar by Edit Kuper, Nor a Mame based on a short story by Geltman Litman, adapted by Edit Kuper and Raizel Candib, and Chelm by Abraham Shulman, still resonate throughout the community.
For more information on the 2013-2014 courses and to register, please click here.
A UNIQUE INITIATIVE TO PRESERVE THE TREASURES OF THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE!
Founded and maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers, this beloved collection includes thousands of documents, including old films, videos, posters, photographs, sheet music, maquettes, audio tapes, scripts, costume drawings and playbills.
More information to come.