The band played Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Fats Waller and don’t you know, that is the production that will be opening the season. The announcement was made right on the heels of the extremely successful Mahalia Jackson Musical, written and directed by Roger Peace. Copa de Oro’s Allan Sandler was called to the podium by Artistic Producer, Paul Flicker, to fill everyone in on the project that will also be directed by co-producer, Roger Peace. Already in pre-production and in the audition process, Sandler was clearly excited about the actors the two had already seen for the roles. Mahalia played to almost sold out audiences – Ain’t Misbehavin’ should follow right in step. September 29 to October 20

Shakespeare is always in good order for any theatre season and the Segal is not shirking there. (It has regularly provided Montrealers with a strong roster of the classics.) The second production, Othello, is a co-production of The Segal and Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre. Shakespeare’s dark tragedy of jealousy and profound ambition that leads to death, racism and loves lost, juxtaposes Iago, one of his most despicable villains of subtle cunning, against the very naive and most trustworthy Othello. That theme still works in today’s world.
It will be directed by Alison Darcy. November 17 to December 1

The Segal Theatre continues with a solid dose of the classics in its next offering; The Seagull by Anton Chekov. This, however, is the world premiere of a new adaptation that is set in the 1970s. Peter Hinton (former Montrealer and Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre’s English theatre), will be directing. It will star two Canadian Stratford Festival actors, Lucy Peacock and Diane D’Aquila. February 2 to February 16, 2014

Glengarry Glen Ross is a brilliantly written dark comedy by David Mamet. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and was nominated for four Tony Awards. It’s based on two days in the lives of four Chicago real estate agents who will stop at nothing to unload property to unsuspecting buyers. Be prepared for lies, bribery and threats…and some colourful language. The Segal’s Artistic Producer, Paul Flicker, will be directing. March 16 to March 30, 2014

Top Girls, written by Caryl Churchill, is a play that examines the role of women in society. Churchill has said that the play was “inspired by her conversations with American feminists”. No, this is not a dated play. Not at all. Indeed, it fits in well with present day challenges faced by women everywhere. The play follows the lead character, Marlene, in her search to become a successful woman. It is a contemporary piece and seeks to uncover what being a successful woman really means. Something different to each and every one. April 27 to May 18, 2014

The final show on the main stage will be the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre production of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – a musical. (Presented with English and French subtitles.) Past Artistic Director, Bryna Wasserman, presently the Executive Director of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York, is back to co-direct with Rachelle Glait. June 8 to June 29, 2014

There are also some very exciting shows being presented in the Studio Theatre. Sedna: Goddess of the Sea, a production of Table D’Hote Theatre, is based on northern folk lore;  Rahu Varma’sl Bhopal, from Teesri Duniya Theatre, is about the 1984 Union Carbide pesticide plant explosion in India that killed thousands; Youtheatre with Horror Story and The Black Theatre Workshop with The Meeting (Malcolm X meets Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), will be moving in during February and March. The latter two are part of Youth programming and outreach to young people between ages 7 and 17.

And finally, a stellar Jazz series rounds off the 2013-2014 season. Look for the Oliver Jones Trio, Altsys Jazz Orchestra, Cameron Wallis Quartet, Ben Charest Trio, Julie Lamontagne and lastly, the Doxas Brothers. From September, 2013 through to April, 2014.

Montrealers can look forward to a Segal season that is diverse, exciting, adventurous…and musical.
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