An Evening with Maurice Podbrey…. In Yiddish!
Part of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre’s I love YIDDISH Series
Presented with English supertitles.
A reading of the Yiddish classic Bontshe Shvayg (Bontshe the Silent) by Yiddish poet I.L. Peretz,
Followed by a post-reading discussion.
The legendary actor-artistic director is the producer of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts’ production of Waiting for the Barbarians. Many may be surprised to learn that not only is Mr. Podbrey Jewish, but he also speaks and reads Yiddish. Bontshe Shvayg is one of his favourite stories.
One of the pioneers of English theatre in Montreal, Maurice Podbrey, CM, co-founded Centaur Theatre in 1969 where he remained as Artistic Director until 1997. He returned to his native South Africa 14 years ago to form Mopo Cultural Trust, a company dedicated to the development of new theatrical talent. He divides his time between South Africa and Montreal, which he continues to call home.
The evening will begin with a lecture on Peretz with Anna Fishman Gonshor of McGill University’s Jewish Studies Department. An expert in Jewish studies and history of Yiddish language and culture, Ms. Fishman Gonshor has been an active member of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre for over 50 years.