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YICHUD (Seclusion) ()

Produced by

Convergence Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille

Playwright: Julie Tepperman
Director: Aaron Willis


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


February 10th, 2010 – February 27th, 2010


Set in Toronto’s Orthodox Jewish community, Yichud (Seclusion) is an unforgiving, tender and humorous exploration of the universal desire for intimacy and how we cope with the repression of that desire.
The first incarnation of this remarkable work was developed by Convergence Theatre at Toronto Fringe’s Next Stage Festival in January where it garnered high praise. This newly redeveloped production will take over the building as it drops us into the intimate moments surrounding the arranged marriage of Rachel & Chaim and the impact their union has on their families. (


Julie Tepperman Rachel Blitzer, the bride
Diane Flacks Malka Blitzer, mother of the bride
Richard Greenblatt Mordechai Blitzer, father of the bride
Michael Rubenfeld Menachem Berman, the groom’s older brother
Jordan Pettle Ephraim Berman, the groom’s oldest brother
Aaron Willis Chaim Berman, the groom
Kevin Chiao Wedding Guest
James Fanizza Wedding Guest
Sochi Fried Wedding Guest
Kate Kudelka Wedding Guest
Teresa Labriola Wedding Guest
John McNeill Wedding Guest
Michael Orlando Wedding Guest
Ruthie Pytka-Jones Wedding Guest
Noah Schwartz Wedding Guest
Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski Wedding Guest
Sasha Singer-Wilson Wedding Guest
Norah Smith Wedding Guest

Creative Team

Julie Tepperman Playwright
Aaron Willis Director
Richard Greenblatt Consulting Director
Richard Greenblatt Dramaturge
Beth Kates Set Designer
Beth Kates Costume Designer
Beth Kates Lighting Designer
Aviva Chernick Musical Director
Aviva Chernick Original Composition
Katarzyna Misztal-McCubbing Design Assistant


Ronen Segall Accordian
Jeffrey Wilson Percussion
Christopher Willes Clarinet


Sandy Plunkett Stage Manager
Sam Thompson Assistant Stage Manager
Shira Schwartz Production Consultant
Therese Comeau Wigs
Judi Cooper-Sealy Wigs
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull Wigs
Anna Treusch Scenic Painter
Jung-Hye Kim Head of Wardrobe
Jung-Hye Kim Head of Properties
Samantha Serles Rehearsal Script Coordinator


Ryan McDougall Production Manager
Peter Eaton Venue Technician