Montreal, September 18, 2018 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present A Bintel Brief, a Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT) production. One of the DWYT’s most beloved plays, A Bintel Brief presented in Yiddish with English and French supertitles returns to the Segal Centre Studio for eight performances from October 14 to October 21, 2018.
A Slice of Life in the Early 20th Century
A Bintel Brief (“A Bundle of Letters”) is based on letters written by Jewish immigrants to the editor of the Yiddish newspaper, Forverts (The Jewish Daily Forward), in the early 20th century. From romantic quandaries, family quarrels, and the challenges of assimilation to the hardships, tragedies, and disillusionment they faced following their arrival in the New World, these letters reflect the daily realities of Eastern European Jewish immigrants adapting to their new lives in North America. Told through comedy, drama, and song, A Bintel Brief presents the real stories of strangers in a new land and serves as a poignant reminder that the immigrant experience is universal and timeless.
The DWYT Celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a Beloved Classic
Founded in 1958 by Dora Wasserman, the DWYT celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone, they will be mounting their 15th production of A Bintel Brief. “That we wanted to pay tribute to our company’s history by presenting one of our most popular productions was worthwhile in and of itself,” said Ben Gonshor, President of the DWYT. “But in light of the reality of the times we’re living in,” he continued, “the true life stories of how our forebears came to North America and made their way upon arriving in the new world, touched a raw nerve in all of us and lent an urgency to presenting the play.” Originally commissioned by Dora Wasserman in the 1970’s, A Bintel Brief has toured throughout Canada and the United States. While the letters included in the play were written as early as 1905, the themes of immigration, assimilation, and hope are as relevant as ever.
Talented Volunteer Performers Take the Stage
The multi-generational cast of both veteran and new DWYT performers bringing this story to life include: Salomé Assor, Cheryl Blum, Danielle Buch, Mark Buch, Maia Cooper, Mia Cooperman, Jonathan Eidelman, Kinneret Finegold, Rachel Finegold, Joel Fink, Aron Gonshor, Jodi Lackman, Bram Lackman-Mincoff, Betty Kis Marer, Catherine Marmen, Veronica Schnitzer, Mikey Samra, Sam Stein, and features YAYA kids from the Segal Centre Academy. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is delighted that many members of this show’s creative team are a product of the DWYT.
Tickets are on sale now at 514.739.7944 or at www.segalcentre.org.
WHERE: 5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7 (Studio)
Sunday, October 14– 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Monday, October 15 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16– 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17– 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 18 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21– 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Written by ABRAHAM SCHULMAN
Directed by MICHELLE HEISLER
Music Direction by NICK BURGESS
Choreography by JONATHAN PATTERSON
Set Design by ELISABETH DE MEDEIROS
Costume Design by RACHEL-ANNE GERMINARIO
About the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT) is the resident theatre company of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Canada’s oldest and most important Yiddish-language theatre. Since 1958, the DWYT has been dramatizing the Jewish experience and sustaining the Yiddish theatre legacy at home in Montreal and abroad. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has presented over 90 critically acclaimed productions, ranging from classics and original works to dramas and musicals. Founded by Dora Wasserman, OC, OQ, the company was led to new heights by Dora’s daughter, Bryna Wasserman and is guided today by a new generation of DWYT leadership who are committed to steering it ever higher in the future.
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. 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. The Segal is home to the celebrated Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (est. 1958), and a recognized artistic leader in Montreal’s Jewish community. The Segal believes in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities and is committed to offering relevant, engaging, and accessible programming. www.segalcentre.org