A Gift for Their Mother: The Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre: A History

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Muriel Gold tells the story of the Saidye through innumerable anecdotes, often hilarious, sometimes moving, but always a fascinating and compelling read. She re-creates the excitement of past theatre productions, and from personal experience. combined with close to 60 interviews, she gives an insider's perspective on the administrative successes and failures over the past 40 years.

Muriel Gold is a former Artistic Director of the Saidye, and her well researched and entertaining book documents and pays tribute to the efforts to create and sustain English and Yiddish theatre at Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre. John Hobday

Besides reminding us of the plays that graced the Saidye's stage over a period of 40 years, Muriel Gold's book takes us behind the scenes to witness the artistic squabbles and bureaucratic skirmishes that are always a part of the drama of theatre life. William Weintraub

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Muriel Gold, C.M., Ph.D., theatre educator, producer, director, is former Artistic Director of Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre for which, during her eight-year tenure, she won acclaim from theatre critics, academics and the public at large.

With a view that drama can serve as a bridge between cultures, she was a pioneer in introducing French-Canadian plays to Anglophone audiences. A Montrealer from birth, she was particularly sensitive to the need for rapprochement between the two cultures and saw a way of involving the Jewish community in this rapprochement through theatre. It was early in her tenure that Dora Wasserman's Yiddish theatre became a resident company of the Centre. Her multicultural policies and her commitment to staging Canadian plays remained a focus throughout her post. Under her exceptional leadership the Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre became known and respected across the country.

When she left the Saidye she joined academia teaching at McGill and Concordia Universities and Dawson College in theatre arts. During those years she wrote books on actor training which are a solid contribution to Drama in Education. Her latest book, Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome, is an important and very readable contribution to Canadian Jewish history.

As a volunteer, Muriel Gold is committed to the advancement of women. In honour of her leadership and inititative, the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, has inaugurated the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar Award. In recognition of her lifetime achievement in theatre and drama, she was recently appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

Other books by Muriel Gold include:
The Fictional Family In Drama, Education and Groupwork; Springfield, Ill., CC Thomas, 1991;
Therapy Through Drama: The Fictional Family; Springfield, Ill., CC Thomas, 2000;
Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Shoreline, 2004.

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Muriel Gold's hot-off-the-press history...spiced with backstage anecdotes...is carefully researched and surprisingly blunt in its assessment of the SBC's 40-year effort to define itself and to sever a fractious relationship with its landlord and financial overseer, the YM-YWHA next door. --Matt Radz: The Montreal Gazette

This fascinating chronicle, breezily written with enormous affection and reverence by one of the best-connected and most knowledgeable people in the business, is likely to stand as the most complete and authoritative book we will ever get on this storied west-end cultural landmark. --Wayne Larsen, Westmount Examiner

When Muriel Gold decided to record the history of Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre, she ...aimed to complete it for the Centre's 40th anniversary last year. The centre will never celebrate its 40th, however, as it has divorced itself both from the YM-YWHA and the Bronfmans to morph into the Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye. As a result, Gold's book becomes more important than ever. It doesn't just record a period in the life of an institution. It is a witness to an era. --Heather Solomon, Canadian Jewish News

This fascinating chronicle, breezily written with enormous affection and reverence by one of the best-connected and most knowledgeable people in the business, is likely to stand as the most complete and authoritative book we will ever get on this storied west-end cultural landmark. --Wayne Larsen, Westmount Examiner

When Muriel Gold decided to record the history of Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre, she ...aimed to complete it for the Centre's 40th anniversary last year. The centre will never celebrate its 40th, however, as it has divorced itself both from the YM-YWHA and the Bronfmans to morph into the Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye. As a result, Gold's book becomes more important than ever. It doesn't just record a period in the life of an institution. It is a witness to an era. --Heather Solomon, Canadian Jewish News

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