Other People’s Children


By Hannah Moscovitch
Fall 2018, at the Centaur Theatre

Photo credit: Tristan Brand

 

“Sometimes I’ll start with very little, a fragment, sometimes I’ll have an event or an idea that’s more complete in my head and sometimes I’ll just have a character I’m interested in…I have a tendency to work very differently depending on the piece. Sometimes I’ll have the whole idea up front…sometimes I just have a character that says one line and that’s all I’ve got and then I write from that.”

Hannah Moscovitch in conversation with Imago Theatre


 
Pin-sharp performances, brilliantly-constructed & believable dialogue, soul-shaking themes about parenthood & casual contempt disguised as kindness towards “the other”. Most impressed. Well done.
— Jim Burke (journalist for the Montreal Gazette and Fun House)
Donahue plays him (Ben) brilliantly – floating and detached one moment, viscerally temperamental the next.
— CULT MTL
The dialogue is quick, engaging, and often heart-wrenching
— Montreal Rampage
the text is very, very good.
— Broadway World
deft direction by Micheline Chevrier
— Westmount Magazine

About Other People’s Children

Ilana and Ben, a wealthy young Canadian couple,hire Sati, a Sri Lankan nanny, whose arrival pulls the thread on their already unravelling relationship.

In Other People’s Children, by award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, three lives entangle around the care of an infant. Ilana, a razor sharp successful young lawyer, grapples with the aftermath of postpartum depression and the expectations of motherhood. Ben, a charming  businessman, pushes his limits as a partner, father, and man. Sati, a daring and self-possessed engineer, mother, and migrant care worker from Sri Lanka, tests her own and others’ boundaries, exposing vulnerabilities. In the concrete and glass confines of a modern minimalist “hipster” home, all three human psyches, crack, simmer and are brought to a boiling point.

Other People’s Children is a layered exploration of motherhood, fatherhood, identity, privilege, the limits of love, the darkness of capitalism, and the ethics of migrant care work.

Cast: Brett Donahue, Kathleen Stavert, Asha Vijayasingham

Creative Team: Leslie Baker (Movement Director), Peter Cerone (Sound Design), Micheline Chevrier (Director), Amanda Goldberg (Assistant Director), Brandon Hepworth (Assistant Stage Manager), Chantal Labonte (Lighting Design), Danielle Laurin (Stage Manager), Diana Uribe (Set and Costume Design)

… the Imago team has created something that looks and feels astonishingly good and real.
— CULT MTL