The Segal Centre for Performing Arts has shown once again that they will be continuing to draw people to their first-rate theatre performances. This was evident at the 2019-2020 launch party on the evening of Wednesday, April 10 when a crowd of over 300 congregated in the lobby of the Sylvan Adams Theatre to enjoy food and drinks, Sergio Popa on the accordion, and exciting announcements.

“The partnership between philanthropy and the arts is essential to the Segal Centre,” said Artistic and Executive Director, Lisa Rubin. “I want to recognize the donors, individuals, corporations, and foundations who support us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. Their contributions account for almost 40 per cent of our revenue. Thank you to the government support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. In particular, I’d like to acknowledge a contribution from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications who were exceptionally generous this year by donating $420,000 to our endowment fund.”

Rubin went on to thank the entire Board of Directors, including attendees Joel Segal (President), Elliot Lifson (Vice President), and Myer Bick. Côte Saint-Luc mayor Mitchell Brownstein also spoke for Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, another avid theatre fan.

“I am very proud to say that not only has $603,995 been raised, the Government of Canada has a program that is matching this exact amount,” said Brownstein. “They are doing this because they recognize how important it is to have this quality level of theatre in our Montreal community.”

The season will start off with The Pianist of Willesden Lane, based on the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish prodigy whose talent proves to be the key to her survival during World War II. Her inspiring story of hope and endurance is told by her real life 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.

A must see performance will be the world premiere of Siberian Summer by Paul Van Dyck (directed by Ellen David) from May 31 to June 21, 2020. Paul was inspired to write this play when he went on a trip with his mom and her friends. They travelled the Trans-Siberian Railway from St., Petersburg, Russia, to Beijing, China. These women of a certain age (meaning not young, but not yet old), step out of their comfort zone, daring to explore, and live their lives to the fullest.

In between these two shows are four other must-see productions that include Mythic, Small Mouth Sounds, The Times They Are a Changin’, and Oslo. In addition, there is the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, the resident theatre company of the Segal Centre. Since 1958 the Dora Wasserman Theatre has been dramatizing the Jewish experience celebrating the rich heritage of Jewish theatre.

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