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Little One and Other Plays

Little One and Other Plays
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Hannah Moscovitch
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 177091336X
ISBN-13: 9781770913363

About the Play:

Finalist for the 2011 Governor General's Award for Drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize).

The collection Little One and Other Plays contains three one-act plays from acclaimed playwright Hannah Moscovitch. Finalist for the 2011 Governor General's Award for Drama, Little One follows adopted siblings and their neighbours, a man and his mail-order bride. In Other People's Children, a wealthy couple's live-in nanny exposes the fragility of their marriage. In This World looks at what friendship means to two teenaged girls from vastly different social backgrounds. Little One can be – and often is – performed as a stand-alone one-act (popular choice for fringe festivals), but has been performed together with Other People's Children as a double bill to create a full evening of entertainment.

Little One is a chilling psychological thriller that follows the haunting stories of two 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. When 4-year-old Claire is adopted into the family, 6-year-old Aaron has to learn to "love" his new monster of a sister. Told through the now adult voices of these adopted siblings, Little One weaves a story of childhood horror and teenage trauma into a twisted, wryly funny, and ultimately haunting experience. One that asks how long you'd let a psychopath control your life ... and what you'd do to regain it. (First produced in 2011 at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON; Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

In Other People's Children, wealthy young power couple Ben and Ilana hire Sati, a live-in Tamil 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? (First produced in 2011 at the Tarragon Extra Space, Toronto, ON; Cast: 2 women, 1 man)

In This World is a complex exploration of race, class and sex as experienced by two teenage girls in an urban high school. The play deals with violence as well as sexual and racial politics. Bijou and Neyssa are two girls who share the same high school and volleyball team, but who are from two completely different worlds. Bijou is from a privileged background. Neyssa is a recent Jamaican immigrant struggling to fit in. The play opens following an altercation between the two friends. Neyssa has punched Bijou in the face for no apparent reason. Both girls sit in detention without supervision, but are unable to discuss the problems between them. Deep down both girls want what the other has, but each refuses to give up certain things – Neyssa her pride and Bijou her personal  freedom. Unfortunately for both, navigating the world is difficult even under the best circumstances. The world and its rules can change when least expected, leaving us to contend with our beliefs and our choices. (First produced in 2009 at Youtheatre, Montréal, QC; Cast: 2 women)

What people say:

"[Little One is] a psycho thriller, in fact, but a witty, smart and insidious one that owes more to Roman Polanski than to A Nightmare on Elm Street." — The Globe and Mail

"Hannah Moscovitch is our most competent playwright, and that's not faint praise." — National Post

"[Other People's Children is] a triptych of emotional horror, painted with a kind of precise detail normally reserved for tranquil still life paintings." — The Toronto Sun

About the Playwright:

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright and TV writer. Her plays have been widely produced across Canada, as well as in the United States, Britain, Europe, Australia and Japan. She has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and the prestigious Windham Campbell Literary Prize administered by Yale University (she is the first Canadian playwright to win the prize). She's twice been a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and twice for the Siminovitch Prize, as well as the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide.

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