A Sizzling Spring/Summer Season at Montreal’s Segal Centre

By Naomi Gold


Montreal’s Segal Centre for Performing Arts is set to bank its most successful season to date, and come spring & summer, the play’s really the ONLY thing. Following a successful run of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, the action moves closer to SC’s theatrical roots via Dora Wasserman’s Yiddish Theatre.  On May 9th and 10th, the DWYT welcomes New York City’s Lost & Found Project theatre troupe to its Studio stage.  


The company of Soviet-born, Jewish actors (in their 30s & 40s) perform COVERS in English, and are led by acclaimed Russian director, Alexandre Marine. Penned by Ruvym Gilman along with Boris Zilberman, and conceived/produced by Anna Zicers, the play marks its Canadian debut after sold out runs in NYC and Russia. Originally produced at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, COVERS is billed as a psychological thriller and comprises part of the I LUV Yiddish Series, which honors the memory of Dora Wasserman.

Alan Menken (DUDDY KRAVITZ)_Photo by Lisa Crosby
Dora Wasserman

In mid-May, the Segal Centre & DWYT stage a gala fundraiser/tribute to beloved Yiddish Theatre founder Dora Wasserman, who died in 2003.  The Segal LUVS Dora Gala will honor Montreal’s Grande Dame of Yiddish theatre, who founded the company in 1958.  Multiple Oscar & Grammy-winning composer Alan Menken, headlines this soirée.  Menken scored the Segal Centre’s upcoming musical adaptation of Mordechai Richler’s timeless novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Watch this space for more on the Duddy Kravitz musical.   

The Dybbuk

In August, DWYT takes centre stage with its production of The Dybbuk.  Written by S. Ansky in the early 1900s, the seminal play explores dark themes of Jewish folklore and kabbalistic literature.  Protagonist Leah is a young bride possessed by the demonic spirit of her intended, Khonen.  Although promised to Khonen at birth, Leah’s father decides the poor student is an unsuitable husband and finds a much wealthier groom for his daughter.  Deprived of the woman he loves, Khonen dies and his dislocated soul – or dybbuk – inhabits Leah’s body, wreaking havoc on her wedding day.  The gothic oeuvre is directed by Bryna Wassserman and Rachelle Glait. The Dybbuk will be performed in Yiddish, with English & French supertitles.

Tickets for COVERS are $13.00 and can be bought online or by phone.  Duddy Kravitz, the musical runs from June 7-28; Dybbuk dates are August 9-27.  Keep in mind that with seasonal changes in daylight, Saturday night shows begin later. www.segalcentre.org   514-739-7944

Photo credits:

  • COVERS:Courtesy of the Lost & Found Project
  • Dora Wasserman pic: courtesy of The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
  • Alan Menken pic: Credit:  Lisa Crosby
  • The Dybbuk Photo credit: Andrée  Lanthier

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