Written by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, and starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a music-theatre hybrid inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees, Chaim and Chaya, who come to Canada in 1908. Meeting at Pier 21 in Halifax as they await processing to enter the country, the story follows their lives in Montreal
Directed by Christian Barry, 2b theatre company’s international hit is a humorously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert blending Yiddish Klezmer with modern folk stylings, that explores how to love and find shared humanity after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about refugees who get out before it’s too late, and those who get out after it’s too late. And it’s about looking into the eyes of God.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story from Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 11 at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. For more information, tickets and showtimes visit SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs website
A special Chuztpah! Festival Audience Appreciation presentation takes place December 4th at 2pm featuring a chat with co-writer and star Ben Caplan hosted by Hope Forstenzer, director of the Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, followed by bagels, schmear, and schmoozing.