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Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story” October 16-27

Friday, September 27, 2019

Part high-energy musical and part darkly funny folktale, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story stars genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan, one of Canada’s most riveting and compelling performers. Written by Ottawa’s own Hannah Moscovitch, this klezmer music-theatre hybrid is inspired by the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees who immigrated to Canada in 1908.

It’s about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about refugees who get out before it’s too late, and those who get out after it’s too late. And it’s about looking into the eyes of God.

“This extraordinary work from Halifax’s 2b theatre has been migrating from country to country for four years, wowing audiences in every single port of call. I’m thrilled to bring this show back to the NAC to celebrate one of the most widely lauded productions ever made by Canadian creators.” – Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director.

Shifting seamlessly between heartbreak and joy, Old Stock is about losing everything and finding the courage to begin again.

Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, a New York Times Critic’s Pick and winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award, this spirited musical returns at the NAC after a smash tour of the UK.

Featuring Ben Caplan (The Wanderer), Eric Da Costa (Chaim, woodwinds), Mary Fay Coady (Chaya, violin), Kevin McNulty (keyboard and accordion) and Jeff Kingsbury (drumkit).

The creative team includes Director Christian Barry; Assistant Director Laura Vingoe-Cram; Set and Lighting Designers Louisa Adamson and Christian Barry; Costume Designer Carly Beamish; Sound Designers Jordan Palmer, Graham Scott, Christian Barry and Ben Caplan; Voice and Speech Coach Susan Stackhouse; Stage and Production Manager Louisa Adamson and Tech Manager, Sound Engineer and Operator Rory Howson.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story 
Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan and Christian Barry
Songs by Ben Caplan and Christian Barry*

*Except for Traveler's Curse by Geoff Berner and The Happy People by Danny Rubenstein
**Additional Music Composed by Graham Scott
October 16 - 27, 2019
Babs Asper Theatre

Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17
Opens: Friday, October 18

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Points of View: Saturday, October 19 at 12:45 p.m. in Peter A. Herrndorf Place
A chance to engage more deeply with this production through an encounter with two special guests, each offering their own unique perspective on the piece.

Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.

Performance Schedule:

7:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday, October 16 through Saturday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 22 through Saturday, October 26;
Saturdays October 19 and 26 and Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.;
(no performances on Monday.)

From $29 to $89

Tickets are available:

·         Online on the NAC’s website:

·         In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street

·         At all Ticketmaster outlets**

·         By telephone 1-888-991-2787**

**A service charge applies to all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

Groups of 10 or more contact or visit

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Photo: Ben Caplan. © Stoo Metz.