The Segal Centre kicks off 2016-17 season in September with Montreal Premiere of ‘My Name is Asher Lev’

Chaim Potok’s beloved book is now an award-winning play featuring an all-star cast

My Name is Asher Lev


The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV 

By Aaron Posner
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
A co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
September 11 – October 2, 2016


Montreal, August 17, 2016 – The Segal Centre proudly presents My Name Is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner, directed by Steven Schipper. Based on the popular Chaim Potok novel of the same name, My Name Is Asher Lev tells the story of a young Hasidic man with a passion for painting that threatens to tear his family and community apart. The 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, Asher Lev makes its Montreal premiere on the Segal stage for three weeks only, September 11 through October 2, before heading to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg from October 12 to 29.

A touching story about passion and family tradition, and having to sacrifice one for the other

For as long as he can remember, Asher Lev wanted to draw; needed to draw. Every surface was a canvas for his mystifying artistic talent. Unfortunately for Asher, his passion for making art conflicts with the beliefs of his traditionally religious family. When his gift threatens to divide his entire community, Asher must look deep within himself to decide if he is willing to give up his faith to fulfill his destiny.

“Just as the book became an instant classic and a riveting page-turner,” said Lisa Rubin, Segal Centre Artistic and Executive Director, “the play will captivate audiences with its timeless themes and unforgettable performances.”

Presented in partnership with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Steven Schipper, Artistic Director of the renowned Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, will be directing this production at the Segal Centre before it transfers to the Royal MTC. “I’m delighted to be back at the Segal Centre, and working on My Name Is Asher Lev, an artistic coming-of-age tale that will resonate with people of all cultures,” said Schipper.  “It’s a perfect project for our two theatres to bring to Winnipeg and Montreal, where audiences embrace work that touches, challenges, and entertains, while asking important questions about how we may best live our lives.” Schipper was appointed to the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to Canadian theatre. The former Montrealer’s past contributions at the Segal Centre include The MousetrapThe Last Night of BallyhooOver the River and Through the Woods, and Cabaret, which earned the Masque Award for Best Production.

Featuring a star studded, all-Canadian cast

 Making his Segal Centre debut, David Reale (seen in HamletSuits, and Mean Girls) stars as Asher Lev, the young man searching for his true path. He will have the unique challenge of portraying Asher through his entire life as he grows from a small boy to a man. He will be joined by the incomparable and multi-talented Montreal icon Ellen David (her numerous credits include BrooklynBarney’s Version, and Mambo Italiano) and the gifted Alex Poch-Goldin (seen in Soulpepper’s production of The Dybbuk, Canadian Stage’s Angels in America, and RMTC’s Quills). Both originally from Montreal, the pair will each take on multiple roles as the men and women in Asher’s life.

The creative team includes Martin Ferland (Set Designer), Louise Bourret (Costumer Designer), Hugh Conacher (Lighting Design), Emily Auciello (Original Sound Designer), Luciana Burcheri(Stage Manager) and Jessica Alexander (Apprentice Stage Manager).

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WHERE: 5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7

TICKETS: $45 – $60. Group, Senior, Student and Under 30 discounts available.

PERFORMANCES: September 11 – October 2, 2016.

Previews:
Sunday, September 11 – 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 12 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14 – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Night (By Invitation Only):
Thursday, September 15 – 8:00 p.m.

Regular Run:
Mondays – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays – Saturdays (closed Fridays) – 8:00 p.m.
Sundays – 7:00 p.m.

Matinées:
Wednesdays, September 21 & 28 – 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, September 18 & 25 – 2:00 p.m.

SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture series. Sunday, September 11 – 11:00 a.m.

MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS
A chance to interact with the creators and actors of the play after the curtain goes down. Mondays, September 19 & 26

ASL-interpreted performance on October 1, 2016


CAST

THE WOMEN – Ellen David
THE MEN – Alex Poch-Goldin
And
ASHER LEV – David Reale

CREATIVE TEAM

BY Aaron Posner
ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK BY Chaim Potok
DIRECTOR Steven Schipper
SET DESIGNER Martin Ferland
COSTUME DESIGNER Louise Bourret
LIGHTING DESIGNER Hugh Conacher
ORIGINAL SOUND DESIGN BY Emily Auciello
STAGE MANAGER Luciana Burcheri
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Jessica Alexander


Segal 2016-17 Season

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond. Founded in 1967, the Segal Centre has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org

 

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