PRESENTED WITH TOUCHSTONE THEATRE AND UBC THEATRE AND FILM
“Richly humorous, wildly entertaining and deeply moving.”
—Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail
Wild, witty and wonderfully inventive, this fusion of concert and drama tells the true tale of Chaim and Chaya, Jewish refugees from the pogroms of Romania. They meet in 1908, while awaiting medical inspection in Halifax’s Pier 21 immigration centre; the story moves forward to their lives as a couple in Montreal and backward to the horrors of the Continent.
Our narrator is genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan, who can shift tones like a master and convey the humorous and the heartrending with equal conviction. The music blends Yiddish Klezmer with modern folk stylings, creating a wistful and energetic tone. What unite the moments of tragedy with those of uplift are steadfast conviction and wry intelligence; too compassionate to be cynical and too clever to be sentimental, this is a radically humane work.
“Darkly funny and moving…it is hard to imagine a more apt time for a production with so clear a moral centre.”
– The New Yorker
“[T]he Old Stock experience becomes irresistible, borne along on a tide of brilliant klezmer music and original song that links us to an old and helps us to live joyfully in a new one.”
CREATORS Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan, Christian Barry STARRING Ben Caplan PLAYWRIGHT Hannah Moscovitch DIRECTOR Christian Barry SONGS Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, except for “Traveler’s Curse” by Geoff Berner & “The Happy People” by Danny Rubenstein ADDITIONAL MUSIC Graham Scott PERFORMERS Ben Caplan, Shaina Silver-Baird, Eric Da Costa ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Laura Vingoe-Cram PRODUCTION MANAGER Louisa Adamson TECH MANAGER, SOUND ENGINEER AND OPERATOR Rory Howson COSTUME DESIGN Carly Beamish SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN Louisa Adamson, Christian Barry
THANKS TO The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Arts Residency program at Banff Centre DEVELOPMENT PARTNER National Arts Centre