Newsletter September 2014
NEW SEASON = Three wonderful productions!
Dear friends and theatregoers,
We hope the sunshine days were good to you all.
Our opening show is none other than a remount of our spectacularly successful production of Spring Awakening at the Centaur Theatre as part of Brave New Looks. Do come again or tell your friends about it. Runs from October 1 to 11. Details at www.centaurtheatre.com/bravenewlooks.php
Using puppetry, mask, and music, The Nisei & The Narnauks chronicles a young Japanese Canadian girl as she travels from a World War II interment camp in the Slocan Valley, across British Columbia, in the hope of finding her grandmother. Along the way, the fantastical spirits of the Haida myths help and hinder her journey. In the guise of a coming of age adventure story, this play re-examines the distressing treatment of Japanese Canadians during World War II and juxtaposes it with the overall treatment of Canadian First Nation Peoples. Written and directed by Paul Van Dyck. Runs from February 4 to 22, 2015.
A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fogbound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self--Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain
free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Christopher Moore. Runs from April 16 to 26, 2015.
Last season, with the bitter winter and the political climate,
was a particular challenge even for the stalwart Persephone
We do urgently need financial help to keep going. Please
support our work as we look forward to celebrating 15 years
of our life here in Montreal’s Anglo theatre scene. So many
things are closing around us: shops, cafes and bookstores.
The independent voice of theatre struggles to be heard.
With your donation, you are helping young artists launch
their careers in this community and beyond, as well as
encouraging our much loved theatre company to continue.
PERSEPHONE NEEDS A HOME
Office space is another area you might be able to help us
with. As the Persephone theatre company grows, it needs a
space from which to operate. Ideally this would be a room of
about 700 square feet that would be used for:
• Storage of props and costumes
• Fundraising activities
• Volunteer activities
• Board of Directors meetings
Location: Near any metro stop for the ease of the actors who
travel by transit.
Required date: January 2015
We have an extremely limited budget and ideally it would
be best to have the space rent free. To achieve this, we are
willing to rent difficult-to-lease spaces. If that is not possible,
we would need sponsors to cover the rental amount
(approximately $12,000 annually). We would acknowledge
the generosity of the landlord or sponsor in our printed
and online material. The real benefit is that they would be
contributing to our mission of “providing work opportunities
for emerging theatre artists”.
If you have a building with such a space or know of a landlord
who does, please contact our Treasurer and Director, Dale
Worrell at 514-938-8657, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to sharing this exciting season with you!
Phone: (514) 481-1327
Regular mail: 93 Somerville Avenue,
Westmount, QC H3Z 1J4
Charity #: 891803918RR0001