Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A 2b theatre company production
by Hannah Moscovitch with songs by Ben Caplan & Christian Barry*
directed by Christian Barry
Apr 16 – May 26, 2019 in the Mainspace
Opens Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A new play from Governor General’s Award-winner and the prestigious Yale University Windham-Campbell Prize

Halifax, 1908: two Romanian Jews stand in line at Pier 21 in Halifax, would-be immigrants to an unknown country. Chaim’s entire family was murdered in a pogrom; Chaya lost her husband to fever and starvation. But the New World is giving them a second chance, and they embrace it to the fullest. Narrated by The Wanderer — part showman, part rabbi — this genre-bending rock concert/theatre hybrid stars Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan and is inspired by the real-life story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents.

*Except for Traveler’s Curse by Geoff Berner & The Happy People by Danny Rubenstein

**Additional Music Composed by Graham Scott

“A hugely engaging experience” – The Guardian
The Guardian’s Top Recommended Shows (2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
★★★★★ “Emotionally engaging, visually stunning and at 80 minutes leaves us still wanting more.” – Musical Theatre Review

Halifax, Ottawa, Edinburgh, Edmonton, New York, and Toronto


Photo of Ben Caplan, by Stoo Metz.

Cast and Crew

  • Hannah Moscovitch with songs by Ben Caplan & Christian Barry*
  • Christian Barry
  • Laura Vingoe-Cram
  • Louisa Adamson
  • Rory Howson
  • Christine Oakey
  • Carly Beamish
  • Louisa Adamson & Christian Barry
  • Louisa Adamson & Christian Barry
  • Ben Caplan
  • Dani Oore
  • Mary Fay Coady
  • Graham Scott
  • Jamie Kronick

sponsored by

  • Sherri Appell and Laura Dinner