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Hannah and Her Stupid Plays By Dave Carley “Hannah is writing her stupid play” - Hannah Moscovitch, facebook status report, September 7, 2007 In the hothouse world of Canadian playwriting, professional jealousy is in a near- perpetual state of blossom. Over the past year, green eyes have begun gazing at Hannah Moscovitch, a young Toronto-based writer who is bursting on to Canadian stages with seeming effortlessness. So the fact that Moscovitch recently described her work-in- progress as “stupid”, with all the implied blockage and writerly angst, contradicts the notion of some shining career path - and the green eyes can avert their gazes. For a minute or two. On the surface, Moscovitch is indeed enjoying a charmed career. In the next few months, she is having two productions in Toronto: the premiere of East of Berlin at the Tarragon Theatre, and a double bill of The Russian Play and Essay on Factory Theatre’s mainstage. The latter plays are being picked up by other theatres around the country and Playwrights Canada Press is publishing The Russian Play this winter. Hannah is currently playwright- in-residence at Youtheatre Montreal, where she is working on a commission, In This World . She has another play, The Mill , in development for Theatrefront. She is also writing for Theatre Volcano, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Company Theatre Crisis and Theatre Panik. Her resume is a packed flurry of activity, adding to the notion that she is that most envy-inducing of theatrical phenemona – the overnight success. But the truth is, Moscovitch has been preparing her entire 29 years for this and, over the past decade, has tread her share of artistic water. Moscovitch grew up in Ottawa, in a home with theatrical leanings; indeed, playwright Arthur Milner lived with Hannah’s parents before she was born. As a child, Moscovitch was taken to shows at the National Arts Centre and Great Canadian Theatre Company, but her parents were part of Ottawa’s
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left-wing chattering class and, at the dinner table, the discourse was resolutely political. “My parents were good old left-wing. My mother breast-fed me until really late. She went to parent teacher interviews in bare feet. I grew up not having met anyone normal.” Nor was Moscovitch a drama brat in high school, though she did act in student productions of Anouilh’s Antigone – playing Antigone and “feeling a deep mystical teenage connection to it” – as well as Strindberg’s The Stronger (“I played the character without lines, and for some reason really felt that I had the better role.”) Her drama
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