April 25th-May 2nd
Segal Centre unveils very impressive lineup of shows for 2016-2017
Following a media call for Bad Jews, which showcased the true acting talents of stars Jamie Elman, Jake Goldspie, Sarah Segal Lazar and Victoria Diamond, Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin unveiled plans for the 2016-2017 season and it is an impressive lineup to say the least. It includes intelligent drama, sidesplitting comedy and plenty of song and dance, including a big, glitzy, new musical that will have its world premiere on the Segal stage! The launch included a nice kosher for Passover lunch catered by Blossom by la plaza.
Quebec actress Madeleine Sherwood of The Crucible, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof dies at 93
Madeleine Sherwood, a distinguished Montreal-born character actress who played saints and sinners on Broadway and TV and who endured blacklisting in the 1950s and a prison term in the 1960s for her civil rights activism, died April 23 at her home in Saint-Hippolyte. She was 93.
Bad Jews set for three-week run at the Segal Centre
As the artistic and executive director of the Segal Centre, Lisa Rubin is very hands-on in terms of the lineup of productions served up. An excellent case in point is the much-anticipated presentation of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon. Having received critical acclaim internationally in the U.S., London, South Africa and Israel, it will have its Montreal premiere at the Segal, May 1 through 22. And it marks the directorial debut for Rubin.
This week on Focus Montreal: April 30
Montreal’s Beautiful City Theatre (BCT) is presenting the beautiful yet haunting play Punk Rock at the Centaur Theatre from May 6 to May 14. Inspired by the Columbine shooting in 1999, Punk Rock forces us to confront the reality of school violence.
Canada Council set to transform creation of Canadian culture
The council, which subsidizes much of Canada’s cultural production, has received a huge boost in funding from the newly elected Liberals, effectively doubling its annual budget of $155 million.
The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape
Lawyers, lobbyists, artists and various stakeholders are all gearing up for the Trudeau government’s ambitious plan to redraft the laws and policies that govern the country’s $48-billion cultural industries. Most people found out about the sheer breadth of Ottawa’s strategy when Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said in The Globe and Mail on April 23 that the system is “broken” and “everything is on the table” in the bid to fix it.
Jordan Tannahill on Videofag’s closing and two premieres at Canadian Stage
A month of significant openings and closings lies ahead for Jordan Tannahill. First, the Governor-General’s Award-winning and Dora-winning playwright has two brand new one-act plays premiering at Toronto’s Canadian Stage: Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom. Then, next month, Videofag – the tiny but influential storefront theatre and art gallery that Tannahill and artist William Ellis have run in Kensington Market for the past 3 1/2 years – will shut its doors forever after the run of a play called Sheets by Salvatore Antonio (who is starring in the Canadian Stage plays).
The Canada Council for the Arts plans to create a separate granting stream for indigenous arts and artists and to use its programs and influence “to engender a new relationship between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.”
Canadian volunteer Nelly Ng: arts, culture connect people
Arts and culture are a colorful thread that connects people, helps people better know each other, and makes the world a better place to live in, said Dr. Nelly Ng, chair of Canadian Fund for International Understanding through Culture.