Experience two great plays followed by a talkback with Marilyn Herbert

Offering 20% off select performances of Freud’s Last Session and The Jazz Singer

This spring, Toronto’s Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (HGJTC) is bringing you two great shows — one a touching play about two fascinating historical figures, and the other a classic musical based on the 1925 Broadway play. We are offering 20% off tickets, only for the days that Bookclub-in-a-Box founder Marilyn Herbert will be hosting post-show talkbacks with the audience.

Freud’s Last Session 

About the show: Legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and the young, rising scholar C.S. Lewis meet head-to-head in a fictitious battle of the mind. The play is set in Freud’s home on the brink of England entering the war in 1939. This deeply touching play is filled with humour and wit and explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men addressing love, sex, and the greatest questions of all time: the existence of God, and the meaning of life.

Talkback day: Sunday, April 23, show at 2 p.m.
Location: Toronto Centre of the Arts’ Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge St.)
Talkback topic: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis — A Chemistry of Religious Thinking

The Jazz Singer

About the show: The classic show business story of a son’s struggle between his passion for a Broadway career, and his father’s plans to have him follow in his footsteps as a cantor. This dynamic production features musical numbers by legendary composers and such classic songs as “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy,” “Mammy,” “Sonny Boy,” and “You Made Me Love You.” Based on Samson Raphaelson’s 1925 Broadway play and adapted specifically for our audience, this classic story is brought to life in a toe-tapping experience you will never forget.

Talkback day: Thursday, June 8, show at 8 p.m.
Location: Toronto Centre of the Arts’ Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge St.)
Talkback topic:  The Influence of Jewish Music on American Jazz

> Freud’s Last Session:
Click here for PREMIUM tickets (first 10 rows).
Click here for TIER 2 tickets (back 4 rows).

> The Jazz Singer:
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 here for PREMIUM tickets (first 10 rows).
Click here for TIER 2 tickets (back 6 rows).

Harold Green subscribers can also get 15% off additional tickets for all non-talkback show dates by calling the theatre at 416-932-9995 ex. 224. Take your friends and family!
For all show dates, regular-priced tickets can be purchased at hgjewishtheatre.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787.

Check out this documentary screening of The Mystery of San Nicandro

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book-coverThe Mystery of San Nicandro, a film by executive producer Vanessa Dylyn, is based on a book by Professor John Davis about a group of Italian Roman Catholics in a small village. The group underwent a mass conversion to Judaism in fascist Italy, and over a period of 20 years of observing Jewish practices, they left Italy and emigrated to the new state of Israel in 1949.

In the making of the film, the producer discovered a bigger story — that of the powerful  revival of Judaism in Southern Italy.  About 10 years ago, Rabbi  Barbara Aiello, Italy’s first female rabbi, opened the first synagogue in Serrastreta, Italy in 500 years.  She serves the new communities of Jewish presence in Calabria and Sicily, and more recently Pugalia and Sardinia, all areas with an ancient Jewish population before the Spanish Inquisition forced Jews to flee.

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Rabbi Barbara Aiello.

The spirit that called the converts of San Nicandro back to Judaism has also been stirring in North America, where many people of Italian origin are discovering links to a Jewish past.

Date:  Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.)
Location: Lodzer Centre, 12 Heaton St. (Bathurst & Sheppard), Toronto
Admission: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 for students

 

Winter weather got you melan-collie? Check out our new discussion guide to FIFTEEN DOGS!

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Today is the official launch of the new Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to Canadian author André Alexis’s Fifteen Dogs
, which won the $100,000 Giller Prize in 2015. What’s more, just this week, the novel was chosen as a finalist in this year’s Canada Reads — the CBC’s annual literary competition about the country’s most important books. Fifteen Dogs is a short but impactful read that will make you laugh, think, and change the way you look at your furry companions.

Buy the PDF discussion guide on our website today for just $6.95 (CDN), and the digital file will be emailed to you immediately upon purchase. The Bookclub-in-a-Box guide (53 pages) includes complete coverage of the characters, themes, writing style, quotes from the novel, author information, and book club discussion questions.

Click here to buy the Fifteen Dogs PDF discussion guide now.

About the novel: A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old ‘dog’ ways, and those who embrace the change. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks. André Alexis’s contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness.

 

Welcome 2017 by saving 25% off all discussion guides!

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From our hearts to yours, here’s wishing that your 2017 is filled with warmth, happiness, and good books.

For the next seven days, enjoy 25% off all PDF book club discussion guides! Each guide explores the characters, themes, symbols, historical background, and more of books by authors from Alan Bennett to Ann Patchett, Miriam Toews to Michael Ondaatje, and dozens more.

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