The major piece of gossip in the Toronto theatre community for the past couple of weeks has been the funding drama surrounding Convergence Theatre’s Yichud (Seclusion), set to open at Theatre Passe Muraille in February. It was originally going to be a co-production between Passe Muraille and the Harold Green Jewish Theatre, but on November 18 (less than two months before the show’s opening date, and less than one month before the beginning of rehearsals), the HGJT informed Convergence that one of their sponsors was withdrawing financial support from the production, due to “concerns that the content of Yichud (Seclusion) might be misinterpreted.” That’s $50,000. Without that cash, the show can’t go on.

I’m not going to dwell on what a cowardly move this was on the part of HGJT (that’s a post for another day), because this story doesn’t have a sad ending. Instead of canceling the production, Convergence Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille rallied, and managed to raise $40,000 in a very short period of time. The show can go on, but they need another $9,000 or the won’t be able to afford their first week of rehearsal.

If you want to give a great Hannukah present to a great group of artists working on a great show, kick them a little donation. You’ll even get a tax receipt for your trouble. Here’s what to do:

1. Go to
2. Click on the “DONATE NOW” button. Under “FUND DESIGNATION” choose “HELP CONVERGENCE THEATRE!”

Yichud (Seclusion) is a beautiful and worthwhile piece of theatre that explores issues surrounding the Orthodox Jewish community. They deserve their first week of rehearsal.