Imago Theatre presents the Montreal premiere of

other people's children

By Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Micheline Chevrier

 

october 25-November 4, 2018

with

Brett Donahue

Kathleen Stavert

Asha Vijayasingham

creative team

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

single tickets

other people's children

Regular ticket prices are
$25, $20 for students/artists and seniors and $15 for groups of 10 or more.

For group bookings please call Imago Theatre at 514-274-3222.

Pay-What-You-Decide tickets are available at the door.

 

Please note that reserved seating is not guaranteed with Pay-What-You-Decide. To reserve your seat or to support the Pay-What-You-Decide program please purchase your ticket through the Centaur Box Office. To learn more about Pay-What-You-Decide click here.

Note that we have talkbacks after every performance. We will be announcing our guest speakers in mid-October here and on our Facebook page here.

 

ABOUT

“Canada’s hottest playwright.”

- The Globe and Mail and The National Post

 “the first Canadian playwright and the first Canadian woman to receive prestigious literary prize”
- The Globe and Mail (for Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize)

“the wunderkind of Canadian theatre”
- CBC Radio

 

“an indie sensation”
- Toronto Life Magazine

 

Ilana and Ben, a wealthy young Canadian couple, hire Sati, a Sri Lankan nanny, whose arrival pulls the thread on their already unravelling relationship.

 

In Other People’s Children, by award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, three lives entangle around the care of an infant. Ilana, a razor sharp successful young lawyer, grapples with the aftermath of postpartum depression and the expectations of motherhood. Ben, a charming  businessman, pushes his limits as a partner, father, and man. Sati, a daring and self-possessed engineer, mother, and migrant care worker from Sri Lanka, tests her own and others’ boundaries, exposing vulnerabilities. In the concrete and glass confines of a modern minimalist “hipster” home, all three human psyches crack, simmer, and are brought to a boiling point.

 

Other People’s Children is a layered exploration of motherhood, fatherhood, identity, privilege, the limits of love, the darkness of capitalism, and the ethics of migrant care work.

 

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

On Hannah Moscovitch’s connection to feminism

“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

 

Why this play?...

A note from Director Micheline Chevrier

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.

 

ABOUT IMAGO THEATRE

Imago Theatre is a catalyst for conversation, an advocate for equal representation, and a hub for stories about unstoppable women.

 

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