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What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Hannah Moscovitch

An affirming and affecting production

Colin Maclean, gigcity.ca

What a Young Wife Ought to Know
by Hannah Moscovitch

Inspired by true stories of young women during the birth control movement in the early 20th century, this unflinching love story follows a young working class woman in Ottawa. In a time where information on sexual health is withheld from her, Sophie is forced to exist in a society that refuses to acknowledge her as a person with desire, lust, and passion.

What a Young Wife Ought to Know is loosely inspired by Dear Dr. Stopes: Sex in the 1920s, a compilation of the letters sent to the British birth control advocate, Dr. Marie Stopes, as well as by another book of similar letters published in 1915, titled Maternity: Letters From Working Women edited by Margaret Llewelyn Davies. There are phrases and turns of phrase lifted directly from the letters in the text.

Featuring: Merran Carr-Wiggin, Bobbi Goddard & Cole Humeny
Director: Marianne Copithorne
Set & Costume Designer: Tessa Stamp
Lighting Designer: Scott Peters
Composer/Sound Design: Darrin Hagen
Stage Manager: Betty Hushlak

Photo by Ryan Parker Photography

TALK-BACK NIGHT
Supported by CBC

Thursday November 29, 2018

Following the performance
9:20pm FREE OF CHARGE

Join CBC Radio Active host Adrienne Pan with Merran Carr-Wiggin, Cole Humeny, Bobbi Goddard, Marianne Copithorne and special guests as they take you behind the curtain and explore the complex themes of What A Young Wife Ought to Know.

A CANDID PORTRAIT OF SEX, LOVE, AND WOMANHOOD
REVIEW: SARA CLEMENTS, VUE WEEKLY
A love story and a cautionary tale
review: liz nicholls, 12thnight.ca
HANNAH MOSCOVITCH BIRTH CONTROL DRAMA A WRENCHING REALITY SHOW
REVIEW: COLIN MACLEAN, GIGCITY.CA
canadian drama distills women’s stories of contraception in the 1920s
review: nina legesse, the gateway 
desperate lessons in what a young wife ought to know
review: jenna marynowski, afterthehouselights.com
deaths and lives, a hundred years ago
review: louise Mallory, epheMeral pleasures
Visceral production of What a Young Wife Ought to Know debuts at The Roxy on Gateway
PREVIEW: Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal
what a young wife ought to know shows how far family planning has come
preview: chelsea novak, vue weekly
A 20s Love Story with Modern Reverb Opens Theatre Network’s Season
PREVIEW: Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
a 1920 birth control education in what a young wife ought to know
preview: jenna marynowski, afterthehouselights.com
production photos
photo credit: ian jackson
featuring: merran carr-wiggin, bobbi goddard & cole humeny
         
          
          
          
          
          
pre-production photos
Photo credit: Ryan Parker
Featuring: Merran Carr-Wiggin & Cole Humeny