Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

2019-10-16 19:30 2019-10-27 21:30 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 CNA : Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story


Une production de 2b theatre company (Halifax, N.-É.)

À la fois comédie musicale énergique et conte folklorique aux accents sombres et comiques, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story met en vedette le sensationnel Ben Caplan, l’un des auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes les plus polyvalents et les plus fascinants au pays. Écrite par l’auteure originaire d’Ottawa Hannah Moscovitch, cette œuvre, qui allie théâtre et...

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Théâtre Babs Asper ,1 rue Elgin,Ottawa,Canada
16 - 27 oct 2019

≈ 85 minutes · Sans entracte

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A new(ish) term has become part of the vernacular in the past few years for anyone who isn’t an Indigenous person in Canada: the Settler Canadian. I count among them, and as Settler Canadians, we all have some kind of immigration story;  those who came before Canada was a country, and some who docked long after that.    

Whether it was inspired by fear or by hope, you can be guaranteed that there was a fairly dramatic tale to accompany the move. Hannah Moscovitch’s retelling of her own family’s true saga of starting over has resounded around the world – this time leaving behind only cheering audiences and four-star reviews.

If your family has an immigration story, I hope this beautiful tale from Halifax inspires you to reflect on what it was that brought you here, and what it was that made you stay.

Playwright’s Notes

The text in this project is the story of my paternal family. When there have been gaps in my knowledge of actual events, I have taken artistic liberties. For instance, I do not know the full story of how my great-grandfather Chaim Moscovitch’s family died in Romania. And because I have often been working with incomplete information, I have discovered over the course of this project that I have parts of my family’s history wrong. In two instances, I decided to leave my inaccuracies in the text. I originally thought that Chaya was older than Chaim; I later found out from a census that they were in fact the same age. And I believed that Sam Moscovitch, my grandfather, was the oldest child in the family. He was in fact the second child: his sister Mary (Michal) Moscovitch was the firstborn.


Dernière mise à jour: 4 octobre 2019

Songs written by Ben Caplan and Christian Barry except where indicated.

Traveller’s Curse (written by Geoff Berner)

You’ve Arrived

Truth Doesn’t Live in a Book

The Happy People (written by Danny Rubenstein)

Minimum Intervals

Plough the Shit



What Love Can Heartbreak Allow

You can listen to the Old Stock soundtrack on Spotify.

About 2b theatre company

2b is a Halifax-based, internationally-acclaimed theatre company creating works for the regional, national and international stages. Artistic Co-Directors Christian Barry and Anthony Black share a commitment to create, develop and produce new work that is distinguished by innovation in staging, polish in design and virtuosity in performance.

2b would like to thank Andrew Cull, Taryn Kawaja, Kathryn McCormack, Ryan Parker, Vanessa Sabourin and Jeff Schwager for their participation in the workshopping and development of this project.

2b theatre company

Artistic Co-Directors 
Anthony Black and Christian Barry

Managing Director
Colleen MacIsaac

Managing Producer
Karen Gross

Director of Touring
Rebecca Desmarais

Director of Production
Louisa Adamson

Office and Communications Manager
Chelsea Dickie  

Development Coordinator
Lianne Perry

Shauntay Grant

RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence
David Walker

2b engages consultants through Strategic Arts Management. 2b is represented by touring agent Menno Plukker | Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc.

2b theatre company receives operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax.

Thanks to the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support of this show and of arts and culture in Nova Scotia.

2b theatre company is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Notes on Pogroms

Pogrom is a Russian word meaning to wreak havoc and destroy violently. The word is most commonly used to reference brutal attacks on Jewish people between 1881–1921 in Russia and Eastern Europe. These mob attacks wiped out entire Jewish communities. As the pogroms became more frequent, millions of Jews were forced to leave their homes in search of safety. The Holocaust is often referred to as “The Last Pogrom.”

By WWI, Canada’s Jewish population was over 100,000. While Canada was a new home, many Jewish refugees were met with antisemitism and continued marginalization.

Over the next 100 years, Canada would accept thousands of refugees escaping war and persecution from places such as Hungary, Chile, Uganda, Vietnam, and the former Yugoslavia.

Today, Canada is settling refugees from conflict zones including the Middle East and North Africa. Unfortunately, Islamophobia and xenophobic attitudes are still alive and well in Canada making the transition even more difficult for refugees from these areas.

If you would like to dig deeper, here is a list of resources.


  • Avec Hannah Moscovitch
  • Avec Christian Barry
  • Avec Ben Caplan
  • Avec Mary Fay Coady
  • Avec Eric Da Costa
  • Avec Jeff Kingsbury
  • Avec Kelsey McNulty
  • Avec Louisa Adamson
  • Avec Carly Beamish
  • Avec Laura Vingoe-Cram
  • Avec Rory Howson