A Refugee Love Story
This theatrical-musical hybrid, inspired by the real-life story of two Romanian Jews, examines the refugee immigration experience of a century ago. ECMA-winning musician Ben Caplan, Dora award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch and 2b theatre company artistic co-director Christian Barry join forces to create a humorously dark folktale combined with a high energy concert.
WINNER: HERALD ANGEL AWARD
WINNER: SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD
NOMINATED FOR SIX DRAMA DESK AWARDS IN 2018
A 2b theatre company production
Starring BEN CAPLAN
Playwright HANNAH MOSCOVITCH
Director CHRISTIAN BARRY
Costume Design CARLY BEAMISH
Set Design LOUISA ADAMSON & CHRISTIAN BARRY with ANDREW CULL
Lighting Design LOUISA ADAMSON & CHRISTIAN BARRY
Songs by BEN CAPLAN & CHRISTIAN BARRY* *Except for Traveler's Curse by GEOFF BERNER & The Happy People by DANNY RUBENSTEIN
Christian Barry's production for the Nova Scotia based 2b Theatre Company is a joy [...] a thing of raw and unmissable beauty.
2b theatre company have created an extraordinary piece of theatre […] a cautionary tale that resonates in today’s unsettled times.
Cast & Creative Team
- Ben CaplanThe Wanderer×Ben CaplanThe Wanderer
Ben Caplan is best known as a singer-songwriter and musician. He has released two albums to critical acclaim and actively tours with his band in 28 countries. Caplan's third studio album, also called Old Stock, is slated for release in early 2018. Though Ben Caplan is best known as a songwriter, his first experiences as a performer were in the theatre. He spent many years training, performing, and directing in the theatre before leaving it behind to dedicate his full attention to music. This production is a first return to the theatre after a 10-year hiatus. Ben Caplan makes his home in Halifax along with his partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Taryn Kawaja.
- Dani OoreChaim/Woodwinds×Dani OoreChaim/Woodwinds
Dani Oore’s debut recording is “powerful” (Christos Hatzis), “truly brilliant” (Mike Murley), and “mesmerizing” (John Adams). He earned JUNO and ECMA nominations and an award for his records with Jerry Granelli and with Sageev Oore, lauded as “stunning…masterful” (Classical Modern Review). Dani collaborates across disciplines and traditions. He is featured in over 20 specials for CBC and Bravo and improvises the lead role in a forthcoming comedy film directed by Jasmine Oore. Dr. Oore was a Bombardier doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto where he now conducts research and is an award-winning teacher.
- Mary Fay CoadyChaya/Violin×Mary Fay CoadyChaya/Violin
Mary Fay Coady is an actor, writer and Alexander Technique teacher. Acting credits include: At This Hour (Zuppa Theatre), Miss Caledonia (Neptune/Canada/UK Tour), David For Queen (HTYP), Tribe of One (Doppler Effect/Merritt nominee), Jekyll and Hyde (Misery/SBTS), Twelfth Night, MacBeth, Love's Labour's Lost (SBTS), The Perfection of Man, Together We Are More (Misery) and In the Backseat (Eastern Front). Mary Fay's production of The Perfection of Man won Best Comedy at the Atlantic Fringe in 2013. In 2014, she premiered her original show Tender Beast at Queer Acts and won Best Theatre Actress in The Coast's Best of Halifax poll. Mary Fay would like to give special thanks to Rocko.
- Graham ScottKeyboard and Accordion×Graham ScottKeyboard and Accordion
Graham Scott is a stylistically chameleonic collaborationist, keyboardist, producer, and composer residing in New York City.
- Jamie KronickDrumset×Jamie KronickDrumset
Jamie Kronick is an Ottawa-based musician and photographer. Touring with Ben Caplan since 2015, he has performed over 400 shows across 29 countries. Kronick's own musical outlet, Scattered Clouds explores darker, more experimental musical elements via dense brooding rhythms and layering of precise, textured noise. Kronick’s fine art and editorial photography focuses on the relationship between subject and environment, creating compelling portraits that reveal personality through place and the internal individuality of each sitter.
- Hannah MoscovitchPlaywright×Hannah MoscovitchPlaywright
Hannah is an acclaimed Canadian playwright. Her work for the stage includes Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, East of Berlin, The Russian Play, Little One, This is War, Infinity, and Bunny. Her plays have been widely produced across Canada, as well as in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Austria, Germany, Japan, and Australia. She’s won multiple awards for her work, including the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Toronto Critic’s Award for Best New Canadian Play, both the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel Awards at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Trillium Book Award (she is the only playwright to win in the award’s thirty year history), and the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.
- Christian BarryDirector/Set Design/Lighting Design×Christian BarryDirector/Set Design/Lighting Design
Christian Barry is an award-winning director and theatre-maker from Halifax, where he is artistic co-director of 2b theatre company. Christian has directed shows that have toured nationally and internationally, including: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (Off-Broadway, National Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe), The God that Comes (Edinburgh Fringe, PuSh, Tarragon Theatre, Pittsburgh International Fest, Noorderzon), Revisited (WorldStage, Theaterformen, PuSh), and The Russian Play (Canadian Tour). Awards include: Herald Angel, Scotsman Fringe First, One Dora Award for Best Production, Two Theatre NS Merritt Awards for Outstanding Direction (eight nominations), One for Outstanding New Play, and one for Outstanding Lighting Design. Christian is a two-time nominee for the NS Masterworks award, received the 2008 Halifax Mayor’s award for an Emerging Artist, and the 2006-7 Urjo Kareda residency grant at the Tarragon Theatre.
- Louisa AdamsonStage and Production Manager/Set Design/Lighting Design×Louisa AdamsonStage and Production Manager/Set Design/Lighting Design
Louisa is a production manager, event producer & designer, stage manager, collaborator, and technician. Working with 2b theatre, Accidental Mechanics Group, Kazan Co-op, Secret Theatre, Zuppa Theatre Co., Eastern Front Theatre, Neptune Theatre and The Atlantic Film Festival. General Manager of Spatz Theatre. Recipient of the Scotland Herald ‘little devil’ award 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and three Merritt Awards. Founder of Production Resources, Co-Founder of The New Science and Board Member of the Legacy Centre. Louisa is based in Halifax and often tours across North America and Europe.
- Carly BeamishCostume Design×Carly BeamishCostume Design
Carly completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Costume Studies at Dalhousie University in 2011. Following graduation she was accepted in the Work Study program at The Banff Centre as a Wardrobe Technician. Since then she has taken positions building costumes for various productions at Neptune Theatre, working in wardrobe for Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker, running production for the local clothing line Thief & Bandit, as well as designing/building costumes for local dance and small film productions. Carly is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary team of artists.
- Jordan PalmerSound Operator×Jordan PalmerSound Operator
Jordan Palmer is a Halifax based audio engineer/sound designer – working in film, music production and theatre. Jordan is a recent graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recordings Technologies in London, ON. He has been the front of house engineer for many festivals and shows, such as The God That Comes (2b theatre company), Halifax Jazz Festival, Celtic Colours, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Halifax Pop Explosion, Harvest Jazz & Blues, Anne & Gilbert (Harbourfront Theatre), The Festival of Small Halls, Deep Roots Music Cooperative, and the Lunenburg Folk Festival. He has also worked as a monitor engineer for bands like Blue Rodeo, Hey Rosetta!, Wolf Parade, The Beach Boys, American Baseball, July Talk, Stars and Purity Ring, among others.
- Laura Vingoe-CramAssistant Director×Laura Vingoe-CramAssistant Director
Laura Vingoe-Cram was the 2016-17 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence at 2b theatre company. She is also one of the artistic co-directors of Keep Good (Theatre) Company. She holds a masters in directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has worked as a director in Glasgow, London, Toronto and Halifax. Her previous directing credits include Constellations, by Nick Payne (KGTC), Time of Trouble by Elizabeth Raum (ONS), Oh Graveyard, You Can’t Hold Me Always by Alan McKendrick (RCS), Understudy by Gillian Clark (Atlantic Fringe), Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle (KGTC).