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What a Young Wife Ought to Know

by Hannah Moscovitch

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Just don’t lie down and no child will come.

It’s Ottawa in the 1920s, pre-legalized birth control. Sophie, a young working-class girl, falls madly in love with and marries a stable-hand named Jonny. After two difficult childbirths, doctors tell Sophie she shouldn’t have any more children, but don’t tell her how to prevent it. When Sophie inevitably becomes pregnant again, she faces a grim dilemma.

In an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, and inspired by real stories of mothers during the Canadian birth-control movement of the early twentieth century, one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights vividly recreates a couple’s struggles with reproduction.

About the Author
Hannah Moscovitch
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, Bunny, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, and her opera with Lembit Beecher I have no stories to tell you. She’s been widely produced in Canada, the United Stated, Britain, Europe, Australia and Japan, and honoured with numerous awards, including multiple Dora Awards, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Trillium Book Award, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale. She’s been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and twice for the Siminovitch Prize. This fall, Hannah’s opera with Lembit Beecher and Joanna Settle, Sky on Swings, premieres at Opera Philadelphia, and she debuts her first confessional work for the stage, Secret Life of a Mother, at the Theatre Centre in Toronto. Her music-theatre hybrid Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, with Ben Caplan and Christian Barry, continues to tour internationally: upcoming stops include Toronto, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. After touring to New York City this winter, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards.
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“By giving the women of the 1920s a voice, Moscovitch has given many contemporary women a voice as well. What a Young Wife Ought to Know is more than a compelling history lesson, it is an opportunity to contemplate the state of sexual health and freedom in our society today… “?? — (out of 4)” —Meghan Hubley, The Globe and Mail


“The play adds to necessary, current conversations around representation of women, gender inequity and female sexuality.” —Karen Fricker, Toronto Star


“Brace yourself for a heart-wrenching experience that will provoke tears and laughter.” —Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen

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