Standing outside his father's study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he stood in that same spot; seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. As a teenager, Rudi discovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, Rudi lashed out against his family and his friends, and eventually fled to Germany. While there, he follows in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine, and falls in love with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Questioning redemption, love, guilt and the sins of the father, East of Berlin is a tour de force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own.
Plays by Hannah Moscovitch
High school is hard, especially for Neyssa, who is not from a privileged family like her best friend Bijou. When the two get into a physical fight at school, they must confront what’s really bothering Neyssa. In This World looks at what friendship means to two teenage girls from vastly different social backgrounds, while dealing with racism, class, and reputation.
A chilling psychological thriller, Little One is the haunting story of adopted siblings Aaron and Claire – one the definition of normal, the other deeply disturbed and unpredictable – and the strange lives of their neighbours, a man and his mail-order bride.
In The Huron Bride it is 1834 and Hazel Sheehan has braved the perilous journey across the Atlantic to work as a hired hand at her cousin’s sawmill. When her cousin James asks her to marry him, Hazel is overjoyed, but will the ghost of James’s ex-wife spoil their wedding plans?
In Other People’s Children, wealthy young power couple Ben and Ilana hire Sati, a live-in nanny, to care for their baby daughter, but Sati ends up being more than a caretaker, exposing the fragility of Ben and Ilana’s marriage. Is she filling the holes in their relationship, or widening cracks that will shatter their family?
Master Corporal Tanya Young, Captain Stephen Hughes, Private Jonny Henderson and Sergeant Chris Anders have lived through an atrocity while holding one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. As each of them is interviewed by an unseen broadcasting organization, they recount their version of events leading up to the horrific incident with painful, relenting replies. What begins to form is a picture of the effects of guilt and the psychological toll of violence in a war where the enemy is sometimes indiscernible.
Hannah’s writing for the stage includes Essay, The Russian Play, East of Berlin, The Mill Part II: The Huron Bride, The Children’s Republic, Little One and In This World (for young audiences). Hannah’s plays have been produced across the country, including at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where she is currently playwright-in-residence, the Factory Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Hannah’s work has won multiple Dora Awards and she’s been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Carol Bolt Award and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Hannah is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and attended the University of Toronto.