A humorously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert tells the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908.
The Off-Broadway production of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story closed April 22, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: This Klezmer-folk music-theater hybrid starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. It's about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late, and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.
Playwright Hannah Moscovitch created "Old Stock" with singer-songwriter Ben Caplan and director and songwriter Christian Barry. The work is the story of Moscovitch’s own great-grandparents Chaya Yankovitch and Chaim Moscovitch, who met in 1908, in the queue for medical examinations after disembarking at Halifax’s Pier 21, Canada’s equivalent to Ellis Island. Originally developed at Halifax’s 2b theater company in Canada, "Old Stock" played the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it garnered several awards and excellent reviews, followed by a Canadian tour.
Directed by Christian Barry, “Old Stock” stars Ben Caplan, as well as violinist Mary Fay Coady and woodwind player Chris Weatherstone who play music as well as Moscovitch’s ancestors Chaya and Chaim. Jamie Kronick and Graham Scott complete the company.