Montreal, November 8th, 2018 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the Montreal premiere of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story co-produced by 2b theatre company and the National Arts Centre. Co-created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan, and Christian Barry, and starring musician Ben Caplan, this international cult hit is inspired by the real-life love story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents immigration to Canada. It is being presented in association with the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.
Having sold nearly 90% of all tickets in advance sales, the Segal Centre is also excited to announce that this limited engagement has been extended with three added performances. The production will now run in the Segal Centre Studio from December 4 to December 19, 2018.
A Raw, Unexpected, and Bewitching Production
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a humourously dark folk tale woven together with a high-energy concert. This sumptuous Klezmer/folk music/theatre hybrid is based on the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. After losing everything, Chaim and Chaya have been given a second chance in the New World. It’s about how to love and find our shared humanity after facing the horrors of war.
Having premiered to great success in Halifax, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story has won numerous accolades around the world. In addition to its cross-Canadian tour, this one-of-a-kind production garnered awards and recognition when it played at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in New York. It is currently on a multi-stop tour across the U.K. and the Netherlands before heading to Australia and California next spring.
“What I love about this show is that it’s completely unique. This historical love story paired with the inventiveness and musicality of Ben Caplan is a match made in heaven. The Studio will be bursting at the seams with grandiose, larger-than-life Klezmer energy,” said Lisa Rubin, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre.
Phenomenal Husband and Wife Team Lead the Cast and Creative Team
Hailed as “Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright” by The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Now Magazine, Hannah Moscovitch has written East of Eden, Other People’s Children, This Is War, What a Young Wife Ought to Know. She has won many awards, including the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Trillium Book Award-winner (she is the only playwright to win in the award’s thirty-year history). Her husband, Christian Barry, wears many hats in this production including Director, Co-Set/Lighting/Sound Designer, as well as co-writing the songs. He is an award-winning director, dramaturge, actor, writer, and designer from Halifax, and a founding member and artistic co-director of 2b theatre company.
Ben Caplan pulls double duty as co-songwriter and as the play’s narrator, The Wanderer. Though best known as a songwriter, his first experiences as a performer were in the theatre. This production marks his first return to the theatre after a ten-year hiatus. He has released three albums to critical acclaim, including his latest: a companion piece to this production titled Old Stock. Multi-disciplinary artist Dani Oore takes on the part of Chaim and plays the woodwinds. Oore has been featured in over 20 specials for CBC and Bravo. As Chaya and on violin isM ary Fay Coady who received the Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead in 2018 for this performance. They are joined onstage by musicians Graham Scott on keyboard and accordion and Jamie Kronick on drums.
Tickets are on sale now at 514.739.7944 or at www.segalcentre.org.
Photo Credit: Stoo Metz Photography
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents a 2B Theatre Company and National Arts Centre Production presented in association with the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY
THE WANDERER Ben Caplan
CHAIM, WOODWINDS Dani Oore
CHAYA, VIOLIN Mary Fay Coady
KEYBOARD AND ACCORDION Graham Scott
DRUMKIT Jamie Kronick
PLAYWRIGHT Hannah Moscovitch
DIRECTOR Christian Barry
SONGS BY Ben Caplan & Christian Barry*
*Except for “Traveler’s Curse” by Geoff Berner and “The Happy People” by Danny Rubenstein
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Laura Vingoe-Cram
PRODUCTION MANAGER Louisa Adamson
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Patricia Vinluan
REHEARSAL STAGE MANAGER Christine Oakey
SOUND OPERATOR Rory Howson
COSTUME DESIGN Carly Beamish
SET DESIGN Louisa Adamson and Christian Barry
LIGHTING DESIGN Louisa Adamson and Christian Barry
SOUND DESIGN Jordan Palmer, Christian Barry, Ben Caplan
December 4 – December 19, 2018
Tuesday, December 4 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 – 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Monday – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday (closed Friday) – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 17 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19 – 8:00 p.m.
SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture on the ideas and themes of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.
Sunday, December 9 – 11:00 a.m.
Entrance is free.
MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS
A chance to interact with the creators and actors of the play after the curtain goes down.
Mondays, December 10 and 17
TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE – NEW!
One of the coolest nights at the theatre for patrons 21 to 45. This social evening out includes dinner, drinks, and a discounted ticket to see Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.
Tuesday, December 4
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal Centre and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org
About 2b theatre company
2b theatre company is celebrated at home in Halifax and across Canada as a driving artistic voice that creates vital theatre for the world stage. They have presented their work to over 50,000 audience members across four continents, 10 countries, and 50 cities, from Halifax to Hanover, Edmonton to Edinburgh, and Toronto to Tasmania. They have won awards and accolades the world over. www.2btheatre.com