You know him as a spoken word poet and the founder of Toronto Poetry Slam but for the first time ever, David Silverberg is producing a solo theatre show.
Jewnique: How 7 extraordinary Jewish Canadians rekindled my relationship to Judaism makes its world premiere at the Al Green Theatre on May 10, 2018.
David harnesses his career as a journalist and his spoken word talent to create a new stage show unlike anything you've seen before. David interviews luminaries and legends in Ontario Judaism to learn more about their connections to Jewish culture, in order to find inspiration in how they embraced Jewish culture in Ontario and beyond.
Among the profile subjects whose stories will be told via David's poetry: Judy Feld Carr, a social activist who worked to help ferry out 3,200 Syrian Jews out of a country where they were abused for years; musician David Buchbinder, who created the Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront Centre and whose passion for klezmer is unparalleled; Moshe Krause, a Holocaust survivor and former cantor of Ottawa's Beth Shalom Synagogue; Judy Perly, the owner of Free Times Cafe where the world's only weekly Jewish brunch buffet offers a nostalgic nod to Kensington's Jewish past; Igal Hecht, a prolific documentary filmmaker unafraid to tackle the most controversial subjects affecting Jews in Canada and Israel; and many more.
In this 45-minute show, David will reveal never-before-presented details about his fractured relationship with Judaism and what these Jewish trailblazers taught him about finding your faith in your community and your cultural heritage.
Artistic consultant: Autumn Smith
Sound and lighting design: Charlie Petch
Sponsor: Partnership with Miles Nadal JCC. Supported by funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council of the Arts.