April 18 – May 14, 2023

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A musical by Ben Caplan, Christian Barry, and Hannah Moscovitch

Show Info

“Darkly funny and moving…it’s hard to imagine a more apt time for a production with such a clear moral centre.” The New Yorker
★★★★ “
Richly humorous, wildly entertaining and deeply moving” The Globe and Mail
“★★★★★ a thing of raw and unmissable beauty.” Herald Scotland
★★★★ “
Old Stock: a refugee love story is a remarkable work.” Now Magazine

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a tender and delicate tale woven inside a high-energy concert led by the boisterous international Klezmer sensation, Ben Caplan. This musical played for one week during our 2019 SPARK Festival—and that was simply not enough for a show as astounding as this!

A truly original, captivating, wise and glorious exploration of human resilience and survival. Inspired by the true story of Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, this triumphant musical has toured internationally, garnering awards across Canada, Australia, and the UK

Why I Chose This Play
This musical is simply a miracle! Juxtaposing Ben Caplan’s larger-than-life performance against Hannah’s gentle, minimal, heartfelt love scenes, creates a moving celebration of humanity that overflows off the Belfry stage! I can’t wait to have this show—and Christian and 2b theatre—back in the building. MS

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is 80 minutes with no intermission. Contains strong language & brief use of stage haze.


6 DRAMA DESK AWARD Nominations including Outstanding Musical
WINNER: The Nova Scotia Masterworks Award
WINNER: Toronto Critics Circle Awards for Best New Musical & Best Director
WINNER: Seven Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards, including Outstanding Production
WINNER: Herald Angel Award
WINNER: Scotsman Fringe First Award
WINNER: 2019 Bank SA Adelaide Fringe Pick
WINNER: Best Production Calgary Theatre Critics Award


Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is generously supported by

Cast & Artists

    • Ben Caplan
    • The Wanderer, guitar and banjo
    • Shaina Silver-Baird
    • Chaya, violin
    • Eric Da Costa
    • Chaim, woodwinds
    • Jacques Arsenault
    • Keyboard and accordion
    • Andy Wiseman
    • Drumset
    • Hannah Moscovitch
    • Playwright
    • Christian Barry
    • Director
    • Graham Scott
    • Music Director
    • Louisa Adamson
    • Co- Set & Lighting Designer
    • Carly Beamish
    • Costume Designer
    • Laura Vingoe-Cram
    • Assistant Director
    • William Fallon
    • Sound Engineer
    • Jennifer Swan
    • Stage Manager
    • Carolyn Moon
    • Assistant Stage Manager