Award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch returns to GCTC to tackle reproductive rights in 1920’s Ottawa |

Award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch returns to GCTC to tackle reproductive rights in 1920’s Ottawa


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA January 2, 2018 –Hannah Moscovitch, one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights, returns to the Great Canadian Theatre Company with What a Young Wife Ought to Know: an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, inspired by real stories of young mothers during the Canadian birth control movement of the early 20th century. Produced by 2b theatre company (Halifax, Nova Scotia), What a Young Wife Ought to Know features a cast of new faces to the GCTC stage, including Liisa Repo-Martell, Rebecca Parent, and David Patrick Fleming.  What a Young Wife Ought to Know will run on the GCTC stage from January 16 – February 4, 2018.  


Moscovitch has written achingly truthful relationships, and in their truth we both laugh and cower at what we recognize  … 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 and Mail


Set in the playwright’s native Ottawa in the 1920s, What a Young Wife Ought to Know tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who has a lot to learn about love, sex, and birth control. This story takes us into the lives and bedrooms of women nearly a century ago, repressed by lack of sexual education and freedom.


Hannah Moscovitch’s work, including This Is War and The Children’s Republic, is familiar to GCTC audiences. Her plays have been produced to great success by theatres across Canada. She has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and awarded the Trillium Book Award, the first time in the prize’s twenty-seven year history that it had been awarded to a playwright … she’s more than Ottawa’s favourite daughter – she’s a force of nature!


GCTC’s Artistic Director Eric Coates thinks that the current political climate in the United States makes this relevant play even more relevant. “It’s astonishing to see the lack of compassion in today’s politically divided environment. Hannah’s script demands to know why we keep repeating the pattern of oppression inherent in the reproductive rights battle.” says Coates.


GCTC greatly acknowledges the support of Heritage Canada for helping us bring this production to our stage.


David Patrick Fleming: Johnny
Rebecca Parent: Alma
Liisa Repo-Martell: Sophie


Hannah Moscovitch: Playwright
Christian Barry: Director

Leigh Ann Vardy: Lighting Designer

Leesa Hamilton: Costume Designer

Andrew Cull: Set Designer

Fiona Jones: Stage Manager

Daniel Oulton: Production Manager

Louisa Adamson: Director of Production



Thursday, January 18, 2018. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m.



Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Saturday performances begin at 4:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Pay-what-you-decide performance on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. and a post-performance talkback will take place on the main stage on Thursday, January 25.



Photographs for What a Young Wife Ought to Know at GCTC can be downloaded by following this link: All credits can be found in the folder.



The Prologue Series continues to bring exciting discussions and unique experiences to GCTC that take us into the creative process of the plays on our stage.
The series is free to the public and will taat 6:45 pm in the GCTC lobby. The next event takes place on January 17 and will feature a discussion with guests:

·         Hannah Moscovitch (Playwright)

·         Christian Barry (Director)



For each of GCTC’s mainstage productions in the 2017-18 season, a pop-up restaurant will form in GCTC’s lobby for one night only during the run. Each pop-up restaurant will be led by one of Ottawa’s most renowned executive chefs and feature a prix fixe menu created and inspired by the play on our stage. The final course includes tickets to the performance that evening. Participating chefs include Patrick Garland (Absinthe Café), Chris Deraiche (The Wellington Gastropub), Tim Stock (Play food & wine), Michael Blackie (NeXT), and Steve Wall (Supply and Demand).  


On Tuesday, January 23 Chef Steve Wall of Wellington West hotspot Supply and Demand will be lending his award-winning talents to create a menu inspired by What A Young Wife Ought to Know. Tickets for this event and all others are $110 and available on now, in limited quantities.


Chefs & Shows is curated by Michael Moffat and Sheila Whyte.



Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or Regular ticket price range: $42 to $58. Rush Tickets $15 for students; $33 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased in person from the GCTC Box Office after noon on the day of performance. Valid student ID required for Student Rush.



Subscriptions are now available for GCTC’s 2017-18 season. For more information on the 2017-18 season, visit or call the GCTC Box Office at 613-236-5196.



From January 16 – March 4, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will present Under the Same Cloud, a group exhibit featuring the works of diploma students Izabella “Izzy” Bandojo Grant and Francisco León at the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery.  A vernissage, with an opportunity to meet the artists, will take place Tuesday, January 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. GCTC’s partnership with the Ottawa School of Art is supported by Cube Gallery.



GCTC celebrates its 43nd season in 2017–18. We continue to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. Now in the middle of a 3-year strategic plan, GCTC aims to increase the diversity on it stages, diversify its audiences and deepen their experience. GCTC also continues to embrace artistic risk and to ensure a wide range of theatrical experiences.




For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Andrew Soobrian

Marketing and Communications Manager

Great Canadian Theatre Company

613-236-5192 ext. 229