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What a Young Wife Ought to Know

What a Young Wife Ought to Know
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Hannah Moscovitch
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 1770919864
ISBN-13: 9781770919860
Cast Size: 2 women, 1 man

About the Play:

What a Young Wife Ought to Know is a full-length drama by Hannah Moscovitch. Set in 1920s Canada, the play tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who is repressed by the lack of sexual education and craves liberation. What a Young Wife Ought to Know is an exploration of society's tradition of withholding knowledge from women.

What a Young Wife Ought to Know offers hard truths about life for women without birth control through the story of a young wife living in poverty in 1920s Ottawa, and paints a stark picture of what's at stake in women's health and fertility that resonates today. Sophie falls madly in love with and marries a stable-hand named Jonny. After two difficult childbirths, doctors tell Sophie she shouldn't have any more children, but don't tell her how to prevent it. When Sophie inevitably becomes pregnant again, she faces a grim dilemma. In an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, and inspired by real stories about young mothers during the early Canadian birth-control movement, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights vividly recreates a couple's struggles with reproduction.

What a Young Wife Ought to Know premiered in 2015 at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. After rave reviews, the production has performed to critical acclaim across Canada.

Cast: 2 women, 1 man

What people say:

"By giving the women of the 1920s a voice, Moscovitch has given many contemporary women a voice as well. What a Young Wife Ought to Know is more than a compelling history lesson, it is an opportunity to contemplate the state of sexual health and freedom in our society today." — The Globe & Mail

"Bristles with humour, intelligence, and big-hearted humanity." — Times Colonist (Victoria)

"The play adds to necessary, current conversations around representation of women, gender inequity and female sexuality." — Toronto Star

"Brace yourself for a heart-wrenching experience that will provoke tears and laughter." — NOW Magazine

About the Playwright:

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright. Her plays have been produced in Australia, Japan, Greece, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Britain and the United States, as well as across Canada. She has written for TV and radio, and was a contributing writer to the CBC hit radio drama series Afghanada for five years. She has won multiple awards for her work, was the first Canadian woman and Canadian playwright to win the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University and the first playwright to ever win the Trillium Book Award. She has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide.

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