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Drama Women Authors

The Russian Play and Other Short Works

and Other Short Works

by (author) Hannah Moscovitch

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2007
Women Authors, Canadian
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Four short plays by one of Canada's exciting, new theatre voices.

In The Russian Play, the flower-shop girl tells the story of her love for the gravedigger. Essay casts a teaching assistant in the shadow of his professor as they argue the merits of a female student's paper. In USSR, a young woman relates her journey to Canada from Russia, and Mexico City follows Henry and Alice on their vacation in 1960. These four plays bring each character to life in full colour, jumping off the page before you and onto the stage.

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.

Hannah Moscovitch's profile page


  • Winner, SummerWorks Jury Prize for Best New Production (The Russian Play)

Editorial Reviews

"The imagination of Hannah Moscovitch makes the audience sit up and squirm for all the right reasons."

Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

"The storytelling is spare, compelling, humorous and heartbreaking."

Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio (The Russian Play)

"One of Canada's most promising playwrights in the independent theatre scene."

Robert Cushman, The National Post

"It's that rarest of all theatrical experiments: a clever satire with a beating heart."

Kamal al-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail (The Russian Play)

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