NEWS: Casting Announced for Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Casting has been confirmed for the London premiere of the show, taking place at Wilton’s Musical Hall from the 18th to the 28th September.

Full casting for 2b Theatre Company’s production of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, directed by Christian Barry. Joining the previously announced Ben Caplan and Mary Fay Coady are Eric Da Costa, Jeff Kingsbury andKelsey McNulty.

Written by Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is an eighty minute gig-meets-live theatre experience based on a true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees fleeing Romania for Canada in 1908.

This darkly funny musical folk tale erupts from a shipping container, lifts you by the collar and takes you on a whirlwind exploration of what love actually means across the centuries.Let the klezmer music take you on the journey of Chaim and Chaya as they flee Romania and arrive as ‘outsiders’ to Canada in 1908.

Talking about the play Hannah Moscovitch said: “The play gained a dark relevance over the time that we’ve worked on it. With the Syrian conflict continuing to decimate a nation, and Trump trying to turn his racism into policy, the plight of refugees is far from a story of the past.”

Christian Barry has a lot of involvement in this production including being Director, Co-Set/Lighting/Sound Designer, as well as co-writing the songs.

Ben Caplan is both the production’s co-songwriter and performs the role of narrator, The Wanderer. Though best known as a songwriter, his first experiences as a performer were in the theatre. This production marks his first return to the theatre after a ten-year hiatus.

Mary Fay Coady (Chaya, Violin) received the Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead in 2018 for this performance. Further acting credits include: This Is Nowhere, At This Hour (Zuppa Theatre/ Merritt Award nominee), Miss Caledonia (Neptune/Canada/UK Tour), David For Queen (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Tribe of One (Doppler Effect/ Merritt Award nominee) and Jekyll and Hyde (Misery/ Shakespeare By The Sea).

Eric Da Costa (Chaim, Clarinet & various other instruments) has been a musician for as many years as he has been a performer. Previous credits include: Annie, Honk!Snow White: the PantoPeter Pan: the Panto (Drayton Entertainment), Key Change (Globe Theatre Regina), and Hollywood Hits (Stage West Calgary).

Jeff Kingsbury (Drumset) is a freelance drummer/multi-instrumentalist from Kentville, Nova Scotia. Currently based in Ottawa, he tours regularly with his main project Pony Girl, and with artists like Gianna Lauren, Marie-Clo, Mauno, Scattered Clouds, HIGHS, and Kalle Mattson.

Kelsey McNulty (Keyboard, Accordion) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and teacher living in Toronto. Originally from Ottawa, she quickly became an active member of the Toronto music scene. Kelsey has performed and toured with many bands including The Boxcar Boys, Maylee Todd, Jadea Kelly, Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story will play at Wilton’s Music Hall from the 18th to the 28th September.

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