The Russian Play

By Hannah Moscovitch

The Russian Play
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In The Russian Play, the flower-shop girl tells the story of her love for the gravedigger. Essay casts a teaching assistant in the shadow of his professor as they argue the merits of a female student's paper. In USSR, a young woman relates her journey to Canada from Russia, ... Read more


Overview

In The Russian Play, the flower-shop girl tells the story of her love for the gravedigger. Essay casts a teaching assistant in the shadow of his professor as they argue the merits of a female student's paper. In USSR, a young woman relates her journey to Canada from Russia, and Mexico City follows Henry and Alice on their vacation in 1960. These four plays bring each character to life in full colour, jumping off the page before you and onto the stage.

Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch is an internationally acclaimed playwright, TV writer, and librettist. She has been honoured with numerous accolades, including multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, the Fringe First and Herald Angels Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale. She has also been nominated for multiple Drama Desk Awards, the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and twice for the Siminovitch Prize. Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, her music-theatre hybrid (co-created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan), continues to tour internationally. Hannah’s newest play, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, premiered in Toronto in 2020. She splits her time between Halifax and Toronto.

Reviews

"One of Canada's most promising playwrights in the independent theatre scene." —Robert Cushman, The National Post

"The storytelling is spare, compelling, humorous and heartbreaking." — Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio (The Russian Play)

"It's that rarest of all theatrical experiments: a clever satire with a beating heart." — Kamal al-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail (The Russian Play)

"The imagination of Hannah Moscovitch makes the audience sit up and squirm for all the right reasons" — Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

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