Harold Green Jewish Theatre Announces Fourth Season

Published: April 21st 2010
in Culture » Stage

Jim Brochu in a scene from Zero Hour

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company has announced their 2010-2011 subscription season, which includes a new Canadian play, an Off-Broadway hit, and a brand new musical, as well as the return of Conversations on the Green series.


The fourth season opens with a new play by the award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen in a co-production with the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Called a "spunky, dark comedy" by The New York Times, Lenin’s Embalmers follows the journey of Boris Zbarsky and Vladimir Vorobiov, two chemists who were given the job of embalming the communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in 1924. 


The award-winning, Off-Broadway smash Zero Hour, directed by Piper Laurie and starring Jim Brochu, is a one man show about the iconic Jewish star Zero Mostel. From his scarred youth to his triumphs in Rhinoceros, Fiddler on the Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, to being blacklisted during the McCarthy era, Zero Mostel was a three time Tony Award-winning star and one of the more colourful characters in the American theatre.


A world premiere of a new Canadian musical review, To Life is a joyous celebration of the Jewish life cycle: from birth to bar mitzvah, from marriage to death, told through songs of the American Jewish musical theatre canon.  Conceived by Avery Saltzman and Tim French, with musical direction and arrangements by Wayne Gwillim, To Life is a journey through Jewish musical theatre in two acts.  The first act celebrates three iconic Jewish performers – Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson – and the second "raises a glass to life" using songs culled from the large repertoire of Jewish-themed musicals.


For this season’s Conversations on the Green series, Canadian radio host Ralph Benmergui will hold one-on-one conversations with singer-songwriter Amy Sky, lawyer and author Edward Greenspan, award-winning theatre producer David Mirvish, and television personality, author and newspaper columnist Jeanne Beker. This series regularly features Jewish notables speaking on how religion has influenced their life and chosen profession.


Subscriptions are now on sale, and available for a lower price before May 1. For more information, visit www.hgjewishtheatre.com

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