World Premiere of Jesse Stong’s Winter’s Daughter has EMSB Connections

Michaela Di Cesare,  Alice Denton and Mathieu Murphy-Perron.
Michaela Di Cesare, Alice Denton and Mathieu Murphy-Perron.
Montreal - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tableau D’Hôte Theatre will be presenting the world premiere of Jesse Stong’s Winter’s Daughter, directed by Emma Tibaldo (Okinum, Productions Onishko), at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts from November 27 to December 8é. Based on the secret family history of local celebrity barber Gino Chiarella, Winter’s Daughter takes the audience to Southern Italy in 1921, in the aftermath of World War One where a couple copes with tremendous trauma and loss while wrestling with how to care for a Jewish child suddenly abandoned in their care.

Inspired by K. David Brody’s short story The Peddlers’ Daughter, Winter’s Daughter tells the story of Gino Chiorella’s mother, a first-generation Canadian from St-Leonard. When she died, Gino decided to travel to his mother’s hometown to visit his grandparents. Upon arriving, his grandfather revealed a long-held family secret, gifting him his mother's Star of David necklace, and sharing a story of the death and rebirth of their family.

“The deeply personal story that Gino invited Jesse to write about his family secrets will undoubtedly spark important conversations and build bridges between Jewish and Italian communities,” explains Mathieu Murphy-Perron, Artistic and Executive Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and a graduate of LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent. “As Tableau D’Hôte continues along the path of staging tales from history small and large, we must challenge notions that the only history worth presenting are those that captured public attention. We must labour to remember to also pay tribute to the stories like those of this Italian family that secretly took in an orphaned Jewish girl nearly one hundred years ago.”

Winter's Daughter features an ensemble cast of some of English Montréal’s hottest talent: Laurier Macdonald High School grad Michaela Di Cesare (award-winning writer of Successions, Centaur Theatre), Ryan Bommarito (Indecent, Segal Centre), and Amir Sám Nakhjavani (Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Infinithéâtre).  Also starring as Di Cesare’s on stage daughter is seven year old Bancroft Elementary School student Alice Denton, whose dad Rob is handling sound and composition. Alice says she is looking forward to this  experience. She played a purple seahorse in Banroft’s 2019 production of The Little Mermaid and  hopes to be part of the 2020 musical, Mary Poppins.


Tableau D’Hôte Theatre (TDHT) was founded in 2005 by Mathieu Murphy-Perron and Mike Payette with the mandate of producing Montréal premieres of English Canadian productions. Since, TDHT has grown into a critically and peer acclaimed independent company often regarded for its ability to explore alternate forms of storytelling, its design aesthetic and for promoting work by both emerging and established Canadian playwrights. Our objective is simple yet unique in the English Montréal community: to engage audiences in provocative theatre that reflects the perspective and voices of the nations upon nations that make up “Canada”.

Tableau D’Hôte has a crowdfunding campaign to support the staging of Winter’s Daughter. Find out more at: 

- Nov 27, 2019: 8PM  **PREMIERE**
- Nov 28, 2019: 8PM
- Nov 30, 2019: 8PM
- Dec 1, 2019: 2PM & 8PM
- Dec 3, 2019: 8PM
- Dec 4, 2019: 8PM
- Dec 5, 2019: 8PM
- Dec 7, 2019: 8PM
- Dec 8, 2019: 2PM

80 minutes


Box Office: 514.739.7944

Segal Centre, 5170 Côte-Sainte-Catherine

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