Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  1w, 2m

Created by Christian Barry, Ben Caplan & Hannah Moscovitch
Text by Hannah Moscovitch
Original songs by Ben Caplan & Christian Barry

Additional Songs by Geoff Berner, Rabbi Shlomo & Christian David
Additional Music Composed by Graham Scott

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a humorously dark folk tale woven together with a high-energy concert.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1w, 2m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Fables/Folktales, Docudrama/Historic, Faith-based
  • Audience
    Target Audience
  • Nominee: 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
    Nominee: 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
    Nominee: 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical


Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a humorously dark folk tale woven together with a high-energy concert. This music/theatre hybrid starring international Klezmer sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. It's about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about looking into the eyes of God.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story was originally produced by 2b theatre company in co-production with the National Arts Centre at The Waiting Room in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 4, 2017. It was first produced in the US at 59E59 Theaters, in New York on March 8, 2018.
THE WANDERER – Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica & Vocals
CHAYA – Violin & Vocals
CHAIM – Clarinet, Saxophone, Spoons & Vocals
ACCORDIONIST – Keyboard, Accordion & Vocals
DRUMMER – Drums & Vocals

NOTE: CHAYA and CHAIM speak with Jewish inflection.
  • Time Period 1900-1910
  • Setting Canada. 1908.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


“The Old Stock experience becomes irresistible, borne along on a tide of brilliant klezmer music and original song that links us to an old world, and helps us to live joyfully in a new one.” – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“Richly humorous, wildly entertaining and deeply moving.” – The Globe and Mail, Read More

“A work of mingled genres and strong flavors… mixes bitter herbs with apples and honey.” – The New York Times, Read More


Music Samples

1. "The Traveler's Curse" – The Wanderer
1a. Welcome, Welcome! – Instrumental
1b. Are You From Romania? – Instrumental
2. "You've Arrived" – The Wanderer
2a. Do You Want To Marry Me? – Instrumental
3. "Truth Doesn't Live In A Book" – The Wanderer, Chaya & Chaim
4. "Od Yishama" – The Wanderer
4a. You Were Yochay's Second Choice – Instrumental
5. Wanderer's Bulgar – Instrumental
6. "Minimum Intervals" – The Wanderer
6a. Know Each Other – Instrumental
6b. A Crack Opens Up – Instrumental
7. "Plough The Shit" – The Wanderer
8. " Now Is The Quiet" – The Wanderer & Chaya
8a. The Road To Russia – Instrumental
8b. It's Raining – Instrumental
9. "Fledgling" – The Wanderer
9a. And Here's The Crack Again – Instrumental
10. "El Maleh Rachamim" – The Wanderer
10a. His Fever's Gone – Instrumental
11. "What Love Can Heartbreak Allow?" – The Wanderer, Chaim & Chaya
11a. Beh Sha'ah Tovah – Instrumental
12. "My Angels" – The Wanderer
13. Wanderer's Bulgar (Reprise) – Instrumental
  • Musical Style Folk
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

Licensing & Materials

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5   Keyboard-Conductor
1   Reed – Clarinet, Flute, Alto Sax & Wood Spoons
1   Violin
1   Guitar – Guitar, Banjo & Harmonica
1   Drums
5   Keyboard-Conductor


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Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright and TV writer whose work for the stage has been widely produced in Canada as well as around the world. Hannah been honoured with numerous awards, including the Trillium Book Award, both the Herald Angel and a Scotsburn Fri ...
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