The Segal Centre is proud to announce the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre’s exciting and jam-packed 2013-2014 season. Leading up to the main stage production of the beloved musical, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in June 2014, Canada’s only Yiddish-language theatres will present heartwarming concerts, laugh out loud comedy, staged readings, all told in Yiddish with English supertitles.

The DWYT launches its I ♥ YIDDISH Series with a tribute to its late great composer of many musicals, Eli Rubinstein, on August 27th at 8:00 p.m. The series returns for a third year of concerts, staged readings, film screenings, and more. Another highlight of the four-part program includes a re-mount of Miriam Hoffman’s Yiddish adaptation of Neil Simon’s rollicking comedy Sunshine Boys, Di Komedyantn in the spring. The staged reading featuring Aron Gonshor and Sam Stein as an estranged vaudeville duo played to a packed house in November 2012.

For the first time, the DWYT will be presenting a new series dedicated to English programmes based on deep Jewish roots and values. The inaugural The New Jewish Scene mini-festival from March 23rd to 25th, 2014 will include the premiere of Ben Gonshor’s new play, When Blood Ran Red (directed by Maurice Podbrey) and a lineup of films in collaboration with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

For the first time, ticket-buyers have the opportunity to subscribe to all four I ♥ YIDDISH events for a reduced rate. See the full season lineup below and ticket information.

Finally, Bryna Wasserman will return to the Segal Centre to co-direct the Yiddish musical adaptation of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, with Rachelle Glait from June 8th to 29th, 2014. The former Segal Centre Artistic Director remains involved with the DWYT as Honorary Artistic Director.

2013-2014 I ♥ YIDDISH Series

To Eli With Love : A Tribute Concert to Eli Rubinstein – DWYT Season Launch!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Media are cordially invited to join in the celebration of the DWYT’s 2013-2014 Season Launch
On the 10th anniversary of his death, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre pays tribute to the music and memory of Eli Rubinstein, the great composer of 15 of its original musicals.

Between 1967 and 1994, Eli Rubinstein worked alongside director Dora Wasserman, composing and arranging hundreds of wonderful songs about love, family, struggle, hope, humour and the Jewish way of life. Under the direction of Yossi Milo, this concert will feature DWYT singers, and a live band and performing numbers from such plays as A Shtetl Wedding, Benjamin the Third, and The Sages of Chelm. Luis Grinhauz and Berta Rosenohl of Musica Camerata will perform excerpts from Rubinstein’s classical suite, Lit Windows on a Friday Night.

In addition to writing music for big bands and choirs, Eli Rubinstein also became well-known in Israel for his work with radio Kol Israel and for composing timeless songs such as Lach Yerusalyim.
In the Segal Theatre. Narration in English; songs in Yiddish & Hebrew with English Supertitles.

An Evening of Yiddish Humour
October 14-15, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Comic sketches, funny songs, monologues from the great Yiddish comedians. Tickle your Yiddish funny bone with skits from the brilliant comic duo, Dzigan & Shumacher, and monologues from Michale Rosenberg, Bruce Adler’s comic songs and much more.
In the Studio. Presented in Yiddish with English Supertitles

Sholem Aleichem’s The Lottery
November 25-26, 2013 8:00 p.m.
A Staged Reading of Sholem Aleichem’s Dos Groyse Gevins, a comedy about a simple tailor who wins the lottery. Shimele is humble, poverty-stricken and … then he wins the lottery: 200,000 Russian rubles. To paraphrase the old 6/49 slogan, 200,000 rubles doesn’t change you, but…
In the Studio. Presented in Yiddish with English Supertitles

Back by Popular Demand!
Di Komedyantn by Miriam Hoffman
April 6-7, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.
A staged reading of Di Komedyantn, Miriam Hoffman’s masterful Yiddish adaptation of Neil Simon’s Sunshine Boys,with Sam Stein, Aron Gonshor, Ben Gonshor and other members of the DWYT company! A rollicking comedy about a former vaudeville duo – who haven’t spoken for a decade!
In the Studio. Presented in Yiddish with English Supertitles

Tickets to I ♥ YIDDISH Series:
Eli Rubinstein: $18 – $36
All other events: $15 – $22
Subscriptions available for as low as $57!

The New Jewish Scene

March 23-25, 2014
In the Studio
English programmes with deeply Jewish roots! The DWYT will present a reading of Ben Gonshor’s new play directed by Maurice Podbrey, When Blood Ran Red, about renowned black singer Paul Robeson’s friendship with the Jewish leaders of Russia’s anti-Fascist Committee. In addition, cinema lovers will get the chance to catch original films, presented in partnership with the popular Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
Event times and ticket prices to be announced soon.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
2013-2014 Mainstage Production

A Yiddish musical based on the novel by Mordecai Richler
Directed by Bryna Wasserman & Rachelle Glait
Rediscover Mordecai Richler’s poignant coming-of-age story with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre! On the streets of 1950s Montreal, Duddy Kravitz hustles to seek his fortune and make a name for himself. Stroll down St. Urban Street, stop by Wilensky’s and stay young at heart with one of Canadian literature’s best known rascals. This crowd-pleasing musical is sure to capture the hearts and imagination of all.
Presented in Yiddish with English and French supertitles
Tickets: $24 – $49

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Segal Centre Box-Office at 514.739.7944 or online at

About the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT)
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is the resident theatre company of the Segal Centre and continues to celebrate and preserve Yiddish language and Jewish culture through main stage productions, its Young Actors for Young Audiences (YAYA) programmes and a year-long series of staged readings, films, and concerts that are sure to please all lovers of the performing arts. For more information about the 2013-2014 Season, please visit the Segal Centre website.


About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre is a meeting place for all of the performing arts, showcasing the best professional artists from here and abroad and playing a leading role in the artistic development of Montreal’s youth and the creation of its cultural legacy. Through theatre, music, dance, cinema and the Academy, the Segal Centre is setting a broad vision by recognizing the importance of building bridges through the arts and supporting multicultural projects in Montreal. The Centre’s commitment is to ensure that creativity resonates within our community and that it remains accessible and inspiring each and every day, leading the performing arts world of tomorrow.

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