Montréal, January 31st, 2018 – The Segal Centre is thrilled to present Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison directed by the Segal’s Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin. A 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, this stimulating play which explores memory and mortality in the age of artificial intelligence will be on the Segal stage from February 25 to March 18, 2018. There will be an ASL-Interpreted performance on February 10
“Marjorie Prime is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Black Mirror” – Quartz
Eighty-five-year-old Marjorie, grappling with fading memories, receives help from a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed back only the best stories of her life. But given the chance, what would we remember, what would we forget? In this wondrous, touching, and clever new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity, collective family memory, and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
Masterful Artists Breathe Soul into AI Drama
The Segal Centre is delighted to welcome back Canadian stage legend Clare Coulter in the role of Marjorie. This is Coulter’s fifth production with the Segal. She had previously dazzled audiences in the Segal’s productions of A Doll House, Fallen Angels, Blithe Spirit, and the National Arts Centre co-production of Buried Child. Accomplished artist and Montreal favourite Ellen David will be playing the role of Tess, Marjorie’s headstrong daughter. David last moved Segal audiences in the critically-acclaimed My Name Is Asher Lev, for which she won the META for Outstanding Supporting Performance by an Actress. Also returning to the Segal is Tyrone Benskin as Jon, Tess’ doting husband. Benskin’s significant presence in theatre, film, television, and music has been a part of the Canadian and international cultural landscape for over 25 years. His last appearance at the Segal was in the classic Inherit the Wind. Making his Segal debut is local actor Eloi ArchamBaudoin. He won the META for Outstanding Lead Performance for his work in the Tableau d’Hôte Theatre production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna.
Director Lisa Rubin, who directed the wildly successful Bad Jews and Million Dollar Quartet, has assembled a talented team of designers to bring this Twilight Zone-esque production to life: Set Designer John C. Dinning, Costume Designer Louise Bourret, Lighting Designer Tim Rodrigues, and featuring evocative original music by Christian Thomas.
“You’re riveted the entire time.” – The New York Times
“The New York production of Marjorie Prime had me on the edge of my seat, and I immediately knew Montreal audiences would be as captivated as I was—especially as our city welcomes a boom of AI research with six new labs having recently opened their doors. It’s a fascinating exploration of memory, relationships, and the consequences of our obsession with technology. It will stick with you long after you’ve seen it,” said Segal Centre Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
MARJORIE Clare Coulter
JON Tyrone Benskin
WALTER Eloi ArchamBaudoin
TESS Ellen David
WRITTEN BY Jordan Harrison
DIRECTED BY Lisa Rubin
SET DESIGNER John C. Dinning
COSTUME DESIGNER Louise Bourret
LIGHTING DESIGNER Tim Rodrigues
MUSIC BY Christian Thomas
STAGE MANAGER Sarah-Marie Langlois
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Birdie Gregor
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
February 25 to March 18, 2018
Sunday, February 25 – 1:30 p.m.
Monday, February 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28 – 8:00 p.m.
Mondays – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays – Saturdays (closed Fridays) – 8:00 p.m.
Sundays – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 – 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, March 4, 11, and 18 – 2:00 p.m.
SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture series on the history, ideas, and themes of Marjorie Prime. Sunday, February 25 – 11:00 a.m. Entrance is free.
MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS
A chance to interact with the creators and actors of the play after the curtain goes down. Mondays, March 5 and 12.
The Segal is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming experience for all. Deaf patrons can purchase tickets at a discounted rate online. Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.
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 Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal and 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