Montreal, April 10, 2019 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today an exciting lineup of programming for its 2019-2020 season that is filled with new adventures, new stories, and new worlds to discover. Driven to bring Segal Centre audiences first-rate theatre that is both entertaining and transformative with the power to strengthen and connect communities, Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin has planned a theatre season that features six must-see productions that will take audiences on astonishing and emotional inspiring journeys.
“The Segal Centre’s 2019-2020 season has been carefully curated and is brimming with raw emotions, dynamic performances, and robust storytelling. Bringing together established smash hits and exhilarating new works, this season embodies the magical and unpredictable spirit of theatre. Great theatre can move you, transport you, and immerse you in a world entirely different from your own. It’s an escape from the everyday, and we can’t wait to share this journey with you,” says Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
Six must-see productions that will take you out of the ordinary
The season starts off with The Pianist of Willesden Lane, based on the incredible true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish piano prodigy whose talent proves to be the key to her survival during World War II. This inspiring story of hope and endurance is told by her daughter Mona Golabek, a piano virtuoso herself, as she performs some of the world’s greatest classical music from composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin live on a Steinway concert piano. This production, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, will be in the Sylvan Adams Theatre from September 8 to 29, 2019.
From October 27 to November 17, 2019, the Segal Centre produces the North-American premiere of a new musical Mythic by Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor (orchestrator for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical and The Hockey Sweater: A Musical) and directed by Brian Hill (Segal Centre audiences loved his adaptation of Belles Soeurs: The Musical) that takes audiences to hell and back, literally. Inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, and her goddess mother Demeter, this Broadway-bound pop/rock musical explores mother-daughter relationships, finding your place, and being true to yourself. With a cast of characters that presents each god as a different pop-culture celebrity, Mythic is an epic and rocking good time.
From February 9 to March 1, 2020, Small Mouth Sounds turns the Studio into a wellness centre as six ordinary people seeking a break from city life go on a silent retreat in the middle of the woods. Directed by Segal Centre Artistic Associate Caitlin Murphy, this awkwardly and absurdly funny new play is a theatre experience unlike any other. Told largely without words, this play is a poignant reminder to put the phone down once in a while and be ‘in the moment’.
Next up audiences are invited on a groovy trip down memory lane in The Times They Are a Changin’ starring Louise Pitre and W. Joseph Matheson. Following their success in the Segal Centre’s 2018 production of The Angel and the Sparrow, the pair is back for a concert celebration of the Jewish artists of the 1960s. From March 1 to March 22, 2020, the Segal Centre will be filled with the beloved music of Bob Dylan, Mama Cass, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and many more.
From April 19 to May 10, 2020, Marcia Kash (who last wowed Segal audiences with her staging of Prom Queen) directs Oslo. Few are aware of what led up to the iconic photo of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shaking hands on the White House lawn after signing the historic Oslo Accords. This edge-of-your-seat political thriller dramatizes the secret behind-the-scenes negotiations that took place in a castle tucked away in a Norwegian forest. Gripping, vivid, and incredibly witty, this play swept every 2017 ‘Best Play’ award, including at the Tony Awards.
The 2019-2020 Segal Centre theatre season wraps up with the world premiere of Siberian Summer by Paul Van Dyck (When Memories Have Us, Paradise Lost) and directed by the incomparable Ellen David. From May 31 to June 21, 2020, three women “of a certain age” embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they board the Trans-Siberian Railway from St. Petersburg to Beijing with one of their begrudging sons and a no-nonsense Russian tour guide in tow. Brimming with humour and heart, this extraordinary journey of self-discovery is sure to be the laugh-out-loud, feel-good hit of the summer.
Celebrating and Exploring Jewish Culture through the Arts
In addition, the Segal Centre continues to highlight Jewish arts and culture through A Jewish Film Series, the Jewish Arts Mentorship, and other programming and partnerships.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre the Segal Centre’s resident community theatre company, will be producing several exciting events such as a play reading of Di Komedyantn (The Sunshine Boys), a production of The Sages of Chelm, and their beloved Lyrics and Latkes: A Chanukah Sing-Along which will be moving into the Sylvan Adams Theatre.
For the first time, the DWYT season will be available as a 3-event package add-on to the Segal Centre theatre subscription.
Go Beyond the Stage
Providing a rich, engaging cultural experience plays a vital role in the Segal Centre’s mission. To complement the productions on stage, the Segal continues to offer the illuminating Sunday @ The Segal pre-show lecture series, an opportunity to explore the history, themes, and ideas behind each production, and the stimulating Monday Night Talkbacks, post-show conversations with the creators and actors of the plays.
Celebrating a Diverse Theatre Community
In addition to our regular season programming, the Segal is a proud artistic resource and hub for Montreal’s diverse theatre community, providing space for independent and emerging artists from among Montreal’s many cultural communities to create, explore, and grow.
The Segal Centre is thrilled to be welcoming back Guest Theatre companies Teesri Dunya Theatre, who will be producing Rahul Varma’s Counter Offense directed by Liz Valdez, Porte Parole, who will be bringing their critically-acclaimed documentary play The Assembly, and Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, who will presenting a new work in the fall. In addition, Black Theatre Workshop will be holding their Artist Mentorship Program (A.M.P.) final presentations in the Segal Studio. More Guest Theatre Programming will be announced throughout the 2019-2010 season.
Both Broadway Café, the Segal’s incredibly popular live karaoke night for musical theatre buffs, and Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess also return and will feature many entertaining special guest hosts from the Montreal musical theatre community. Patrons under 30 can take advantage of getting half off the price of admission by becoming Class Act Cardholders.
The Segal’s Academy continues to offer unique after-school courses for aspiring performers, running from October to May. Ped Day programs, performing arts camps, workshops and special events are back to entertain and educate students from grade 2 to 11 when school’s out.
2019-2020 Theatre Season
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
A Hershey Felder production presented by the Segal Centre
September 8 – September 29, 2019
In the Sylvan Adams Theatre
Starring Mona Golabek Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
A musical journey of hope and survival
An exquisite musical memoir, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of a young Jewish musical prodigy, Lisa Jura, whose talent was her ticket to escape Nazi-ruled Vienna for the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated piano virtuoso Mona Golabek, performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her mother’s riveting story of survival.
Featuring the music of such greats as Debussy, Bach, Grieg, Beethoven, and Chopin, performed live on a Steinway concert piano.
North American Premiere presented by the Segal Centre
October 27 – November 17, 2019
In the Sylvan Adams Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens Music by Oran Eldor Musical Direction by Nick Burgess Directed by Brian Hill
An immortal new musical!
The relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter can be sheer hell – especially if that daughter is a Greek goddess with a taste for the Underworld. Mythic turns the ancient Greek story of Persephone on its side, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional socialites.
Small Mouth Sounds
A Segal Centre production
February 9 – March 11, 2020
In the Studio
By Bess Wohl Directed by Caitlin Murphy
How do you speak your mind when you can’t say a word?
Shh… Hear that? When was the last time you experienced complete silence? In a world of constant chatter, how long would you be able to stop talking? In Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, six unlikely wanderers fleeing city life embark on a silent retreat and discover just how hard it can be to keep their mouths shut. Filled with awkward and insightful humour, this unique and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.
The Times They Are a Changin’
Presented by the Segal Centre
March 1 – March 22, 2020
In the Sylvan Adams Theatre
Directed by Avery Saltzman Original Musical Direction by Mark Camilleri Starring Louise Pitre and W. Joseph MathesonOriginally conceived and produced by Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company
A groovy trip down memory lane through the music of the 1960s!
Tony Award nominee and four-time Dora Award winner Louise Pitre and W. Joseph Matheson celebrate the Jewish voices who contributed to the music that spoke to a generation in this concert spectacular. Experience the songs of Bob Dylan, Mama Cass, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and many more.
A Segal Centre production
April 19 – May 10, 2020
By J.T. Rogers Directed by Marcia Kash
“An edge-of-your-seat, witty, juicy & thrilling Tony-winning drama!” – The Globe and Mail
A darkly funny and sweeping new play, Oslo is the surprising tale of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians. A deeply personal story set against a complex political canvas, this multi award-winning play examines the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.
A World Premiere presented by the Segal Centre
May 31 – June 21, 2020
By Paul Van Dyck Directed by Ellen David
Hang on to your caboose, this girls trip is about to go off the rails!
All aboard! Siberian Summer is a hilarious romp following three women “of a certain age” and one of their sons on a journey of self-discovery as they travel the Trans-Siberian Railway from St. Petersburg to Beijing. Inspired by an actual trip the playwright took with his mother and her friends, this whimsical and exuberant play reminds audiences that life is an adventure worth living to the fullest, no matter what your age.
Subscribers Enjoy the Full Segal Experience!
Segal Subscribers enjoy world-class theatre and many outstanding benefits, including free indoor parking, priority seating, free ticket exchange, and exclusive savings at the Segal and with our cultural partners.
The brand new “S” Card is a convenient and flexible way to enjoy the city’s best theatre. For those unsure of what dates they can attend a play, this new membership program offers three or more $58 tickets ($55 for seniors) to use however and whenever.
The Class Act Card gives the under 30 crowd the ultimate flexibility to enjoy theatre at the Segal. For only $80, Class Act Cardholders get four credits that can be exchanged for tickets. On top of $20 tickets, cardholders also receive extra perks like discounts at the bar, savings on additional tickets, access to special contests, and much more!
For theatre-goers under 55, Tuesday Night Live is an exciting social night out at the Segal. Subscribe to 4, 5, or 6 plays and Enjoy dinner, a drink, and a play for only $1 more than a regular-priced ticket.
2019-2020 subscriptions are now on sale. See all six productions and save up to 37%*!
Individual tickets go on sale July 29, 2019.
*Discount is based on pricing of a 6-Play Preview Subscription compared to a full-priced ticket
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, 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 Centre 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