Other
People’s
Children
October 25-November 4, 2018
At the Centaur Theatre
453 St. François-Xavier
Metro Place-d’Armes

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To reach the Centaur Box Office: 514-288-3161

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.

“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)

“deft direction by Micheline Chevrier”
– Westmount Mag

“… the Imago team has created something that looks and feels astonishingly good and real.”
Cult MTL

“the text is very, very good.”
Broadway World

“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

Hannah Moscovitch is…

“Canada’s hottest young playwright”
The Globe and Mail and The National Post

“an indie sensation”
Toronto Life Magazine

 

 

Talkback guests: Hannah Deegan, Millie Tresierra, Sophie Gee, Nalini Mohabir, Malek Yalaoui, Leah Temper, Nadja Pollaert, Caminee Blake, Elizabeth Foley, Fiel Salazar, Evelyn Calugay, Kimberley Manning, Janet Mahilum Haydock, Helene Klodawsky, Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier.

SHOW DATES

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Thursday October 25th at 7:30pm
Friday October 26th at 7:30pm
Saturday October 27th at 7:30pm
Sunday October 28th at 3:00pm
Wednesday October 31st at 7:30pm
Thursday November 1st at 7:30pm
Friday November 2nd at 7:30pm
Saturday November 3rd at 3pm & 7:30pm
Sunday November 4th at 3:00pm
All performances are in English at the Centaur Theatre

Tickets:

Regular Ticket: $25
Student/Senior/Artist: $20
For groups of 10 or more: $15
(Call Imago Theatre at 514-274-3222 for group reservations)
Pay-What-You-Decide tickets available at the door

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CREATIVE TEAM
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Brett Donahue
as Ben

Kathleen Stavert
as Ilana

  Asha Vijayasingham
as Sati

“the wunderkind of  Canadian theatre”
-CBC

Hannah Moscovitch
Playwright

“One of Canada’s leading feminist artists.”
The Calgary Herald 

Micheline Chevrier
Director

Leslie Baker
Movement Director

Peter Cerone
Sound Design

Amanda Goldberg
Assistant Director

Brandon Hepworth
Assistant Stage
Manager

Chantal Labonté
Lighting Designer

Danielle Laurin
Stage Manager

Diana Uribe
Set & Costume Designer

On Hannah Moscovitch’s process as a writer

“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

WHY OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN?
A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR MICHELINE CHEVRIER 

To start, it’s one of the best plays I’ve read recently. 

The strength of its language, the complex nature of its subject matter, the power of its discourse and, especially, the characters whose humanity we viscerally recognize. These characters are painfully human, and filled with contradictions.

They are, at the same time, beautiful and repulsive, selfish and giving and above all, strong and so fragile.

And I have long admired Hannah’s work. She is a master of dialogue. Brave in her tackling of sensitive issues. So funny and so trenchant.

And I read that millions of women from Third World countries are travelling the globe to find work. In one article, the Philippines were described as a “motherless society.” This image has stayed with me and has stirred up feelings I can hardly describe.

There are indeed many reasons to choose to produce and direct this play.

But ultimately, it’s a feeling. An intuitive choice. Knowing in my gut that this story needs to be told. Now.

-Micheline Chevrier, Artistic Director of Imago Theatre

CONTEXT

Hannah Moscovitch consulted the book Global Woman, edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, in writing Other People’s Children. Here are some quotations from the book:

Gender Expectations in Parenthood

“One excellent way to raise the value of care is to involve fathers in it. If men shared the care of family members worldwide, care would spread laterally instead of being passed down a social class ladder.” (29) 

This eye-opening tool makes the unpaid work women do visible

Image source: The Conversation: Dads are more involved in parenting, yes, but moms still put in more work.

The commodification of care

“As rich nations become richer and poor nations become poorer, this one-way flow of talent and training continuously widens the gap between the two. But in addition to this brain drain, there is now a parallel but more hidden and wrenching trend, as women who normally care for the young, the old, and the sick in their own poor countries move to care for the young, the old, and the sick in rich countries, whether as maids and nannies or as day-care and nursing-home aides. It’s a care drain. “ (17) 

Image source: screenshot from aupair.com

Loneliness and isolation of migrant workers

“In an interview with Rachel Parreñas, Vicky Diaz, a college  educated schoolteacher who left behind five children in the Philippines, said, “the only thing you can do is to give all your love to the child [in your care]. In my absence from my children, the most I could do with my situation was to give all my love to that child.” Without intending it, she has taken part in a global transplant. “ (22) 

Image source: Pacific Rim Magazine, Filipino Nannies: The Cost of Caring

The darkness of capitalism

“…capitalism that exploits every last drop of blood of the weak, wherever they are in the world, whatever they have to sell, even a mother’s love. Unregulated, out-of-control capitalism creates a long-hours culture in which women cannot compete and still be mothers. Above all, the fault is with men who still refuse to take an equal share in everything domestic – thinking, planning and doing. If they did, the nature of work would change.” -Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, review of Global Woman

Post-Partum Depression

“Postpartum depression has been defined as a major affective disorder that occurs during the postpartum period that is characterized by feeling of fear, guilt about being a bad mother, fear that harm will come to the infant, anxiety, and concentration impairment (Beck, 1995; Kennedy & Suttenfield, 2001).”

The taboo around Post-partum depression is still prevalent today. Even though research has shown that this is a health problem that is common enough amongst mothers with newborns, the expectations around motherhood and parenting have a stronghold on old ideas of what it means to be a good and functional mother.

The fact that one in four women in North America experience this can seem like an alarming statistic but it is a real one.

Take a look at 16 warning signs of post-partum depression. For Montreal mothers experiencing post-partum depression, Motherwit holds a post-partum depression peer support group.  

Trigger Warnings

Here at Imago, we believe strongly in the audience member’s experience and the opportunity to be moved, transformed, and surprised by the stories they see on stage. To that end, when publicizing our works, we want to avoid giving away the plot points and twists that may provide those very experiences.

That said, we are sensitive to the fact that there are some themes and events that may cause particular distress to some of our audience members.

If there are certain topics, production elements such as lighting techniques, or allergies that you are aware may cause you distress or compromise your health  and you’d like to speak to an Imago Theatre team member to find out more about a show before you book, you can call the Office at 514-274-3222 or email us at info@imagotheatre.ca.

Thank you to our incredible supporters who have made this project possible. And thank you Playwrights Workshop Montreal for supporting the further development of the play