By Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Micheline Chevrier
Leslie Baker, Movement Director/ Peter Cerone, Sound Design/ Amanda Goldberg, Assistant Director/ Brandon Hepworth, Assistant Stage Manager/ Chantal Labonté, Lighting Designer/ Danielle Laurin, Stage Manager/ Diana Uribe, Set and Costume Design
On Hannah Moscovitch’s process as a writer
“Sometimes I’ll start with very little, a fragment, sometimes I’ll have an event or an idea that’s more complete in my head and sometimes I’ll just have a character I’m interested in...I have a tendency to work very differently depending on the piece. Sometimes I’ll have the whole idea up front...sometimes I just have a character that says one line and that’s all I’ve got and then I write from that.”- Hannah Moscovitch in conversation with Imago Theatre
“I do identify as a feminist, I do. I mean listen, it means a lot of things to me. So many. It’s almost hard to speak to quickly, but I mean, I once heard my mother argue someone down who was asking her if she was a feminist, by saying “you know, well aren’t you, I mean, don’t you believe in the equality between men and women?” So, that’s a starting point. But I think in terms of myself as a writer, yes, you know I’m very interested in the experience of womanhood, in particular. And I address that explicitly in my writing. I’m also interested in it not only because it’s under-represented... But because it’s original. And something I’m always interested in is an unusual voice or an unusual character, something I haven’t heard. And ...you can find that with women because they aren’t – they have not been – they have been represented often by men. They often come onstage to complicate the plot for men. Whether they come on as subject rather than object. I think that’s original in theatre, to my generation.” - Hannah Moscovitch in conversation with Imago Theatre
To start, it’s one of the best plays I’ve read recently.
The strength of its language, the complex nature of its subject matter, the power of its discourse and, especially, the characters whose humanity we viscerally recognize. These characters are painfully human, and filled with contradictions. They are, at the same time, beautiful and repulsive, selfish and giving and above all, strong and so fragile.
And I have long admired Hannah’s work. She is a master of dialogue. Brave in her tackling of sensitive issues. So funny and so trenchant.
And I read that millions of women from Third World countries are travelling the globe to find work. In one article, the Philippines were described as a “motherless society.” This image has stayed with me and has stirred up feelings I can hardly describe.
There are indeed many reasons to choose to produce and direct this play.
But ultimately, it’s a feeling. An intuitive choice. Knowing in my gut that this story needs to be told. Now.
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