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by (author) Hannah Moscovitch

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2023
Women Authors, Canadian
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Welcome to the world of the one per cent, the corporate elite, the C-suite, the kingmakers. A world managed by payoffs, press releases, NDAs, and company policies. What happens to morality in this world when its people have limitless power?

When a CEO and his highest executives are on an international business trip to secure a major deal, a sex scandal between employees is unearthed on the news. As the pressure to complete the deal mounts, more damaging secrets come to the surface, endangering the CEO’s company, family, and legacy.

In this searing look at upper-class privilege, Post-Democracy asks, what does it take to confront corruption?

About the author

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed playwright, librettist and TV writer. Her work for the stage includes East of Berlin, This Is War, Little One, The Russian Play, Infinity and What a Young Wife Ought to Know. Her plays have been widely produced across Canada, as well as in the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, Greece, Austria, Australia and Japan. Hannah’s music-theatre hybrid, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (co-created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan) has toured internationally, garnering a New York Times Critics’ Pick and over fifty four- and five-star reviews. Hannah’s operas with Lembit Beecher, Sky on Swings and I have no stories to tell you, have been produced at Gotham Chamber Opera / the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Opera Philadelphia. She has been honoured with numerous accolades, including multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, Fringe First and Herald Angels Awards, the Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize. She has also been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and twice for the Siminovitch Prize. Recently, Hannah debuted her first confessional work for the stage, Secret Life of a Mother (co-created with Maev Beaty, Ann-Marie Kerr and Marinda De Beer) at the Theatre Centre in Toronto. Hannah is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and lives in Halifax.

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Excerpt: Post-Democracy (by (author) Hannah Moscovitch)

BILL and LEE, and JUSTINE all sit and stand in the LOUNGE. JUSTINE is expensively dressed: high heels, power suits, and lipstick. All three of them hold drinks: martinis, scotches. All three scroll on their phones. Finally, LEE looks up at BILL and JUSTINE expectantly.

LEE: So: Systemas?


LEE: So, guys, Systemas?


LEE: Guys, Systemas: is the company that you were here to tour, we toured it, what did you think?

JUSTINE: (to LEE) Sorry I’m reading about our company, in the news. (to BILL) Are you looking at this? Dad?

BILL: Yeah.
JUSTINE: This is crazy.

BILL: Yeah.

JUSTINE: (reading) “...a senior executive frequently sent his executive assistant emails telling her he needed her to be the “T and A at table” when he was meeting buyers: “T and A “stood for Tits and Ass. One time he followed her into the women’s washroom and looked over the top of her stall while she was urinating as a quote unquote joke.” “He sometimes cornered her on business trips and made advances telling her to make up for her lack of skill on the job by—” Okay, this is that brand manager?

BILL: Yeah.


BILL: Yeah.

JUSTINE: And the assistant, who’s she?

BILL: …(shrugs)

JUSTINE: Did she go to HR?

BILL: (nods) We’ve fired a couple of HR people: the ones who said her complaint didn’t strike them as…

BILL gestures.

BILL: Significant.


BILL: Yeah.

JUSTINE: But what…? Shouldn’t we be on flights home?

LEE looks up, worried.

BILL: (to JUSTINE, shrugging) We’re not answering media requests, that’s Shannon’s department. She’s set up a PR camp back home, all interviews go through her. That’s the only one so far. And Connor’s there—

LEE: Connor’s there?

BILL: To handle any legal.

LEE: Are the contracts here?

JUSTINE: (to BILL) Shannon said there was a story out—I didn’t realize how bad.

LEE: Where are the contracts?

JUSTINE: I have them, I have them! (to BILL:) Dad, what’s…? Why aren’t we on flights home?

LEE: (makes a jerky, frustrated motion with his body and walks away)

BILL and JUSTINE look at LEE.
JUSTINE: What? This seems like it might be about to…be big?
LEE: (to JUSTINE, rhetorical:) Is it affecting stock prices?

JUSTINE looks over at BILL.


BILL: A small dip, but, that could be… (BILL gestures, vague)…


LEE stares at SHANNON.

JUSTINE: Okay! Okay.

LEE: (to JUSTINE) What?

JUSTINE: There are always guys like you who say “24 hour news cycle” and “it won’t affect stock prices…”

LEE: …I didn’t say that…

JUSTINE: …and sometime that’s true…

LEE: …except I didn’t say it…

JUSTINE: …and sometimes they come into your office and take away the furniture.

LEE: So: Systemas. Let’s buy Systemas, okay? I’d like to finalize the deal. We have the contracts—thank you Justine—let’s get them signed, then we can fly back home and “me too” our way around the business world, we can be all rah rah women are the new men.

BILL: Lee.

LEE: (to BILL) Well she’s…!

JUSTINE: (to LEE) I’m what?


JUSTINE: I’m what?

LEE shrugs.


JUSTINE: Take a look at Silicone Valley…

LEE: …cool cool I’ll “take a look at it”…

JUSTINE: …and what’s happened to the stocks of companies with reputations for sexual harassment…

LEE: …they bounce back.

JUSTINE: Not when it’s the CEO…

LEE: …well, it’s not.

JUSTINE: …or a pivotal exec: okay fine fine, that’s your… fine.


JUSTINE: I mean…!


JUSTINE: (to BILL:) Some executive assistant’s trying to do her job, and that’s the shit that’s...?

BILL: Yeah.

JUSTINE: That’s what we want to…! We want to be one of those companies with women crying in the bathroom, because some fucking… brand manager…?

BILL’S phone buzzes. He looks down at it.

BILL: I’m sorry, it’s Connor.

BILL walks to the back of the lounge, take the call.

Editorial Reviews

“Subject matter that could feel forced in less-deft hands is rescued from an HR manual and brought to painful, vivid life.”

Morgan Mullin, The Coast

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