The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is proud to present An Evening with Maurice Podbrey... In Yiddish! Presented with English supertitles.

As part of the DWYT's I ♥ Yiddish Series, Mr. Podbrey, CM, will grace the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre with his presence, reading the Yiddish classic Bontshe Shvayg (Bontshe the Silent) by Yiddish poet I.L. Peretz, and then leading a post-reading discussion.

The legendary actor-artistic director is the producer of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts' production of Waiting for the Barbarians. Many may be surprised to learn that not only is Mr. Podbrey Jewish, but he also speaks and reads Yiddish. Bontshe Shvayg is one of his favourite stories.

One of the pioneers of English theatre in Montreal, Maurice Podbrey, CM, co-founded Centaur Theatre in 1969 where he remained as Artistic Director until 1997. He returned to his native South Africa 14 years ago to form Mopo Cultural Trust, a company dedicated to the development of new theatrical talent. He divides his time between South Africa and Montreal, which he continues to call home.

The evening will begin with a lecture on Peretz with Anna Fishman Gonshor of McGill University's Jewish Studies Department. An expert in Jewish studies and history of Yiddish language and culture, Ms. Fishman Gonshor has been an active member of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre for over 50 years.

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The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is the resident theatre company of the Segal Centre and continues to celebrate and preserve Yiddish theatre, language and culture through its mainstage production and a year-long series of staged readings, films, and concerts that are sure to please lovers of Yiddish of all ages. For more information about the 2012-2013 season, please visit the Segal Centre website. The DWYT season is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Alvin Segal Family Foundation and to the dedicated support of 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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