Opera Philadelphia

Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch is considered one of the strongest playwriting voices in Canada. Her work has won multiple awards, most recently the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Literature. She is the first playwright to win the Trillium Book Award in the prize’s twenty-seven year history for This is War, a play premiered by Tarragon Theatre in 2013 which also won the Toronto Critic’s Award for Best New Canadian Play and toured to Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Her first full-length play, East of Berlin, premiered at Tarragon in 2007. Moscovitch’s other writing for the stage includes Bunny (premiered at Stratford Festival), What a Young Wife Ought to Know (premiered by Halifax’s Neptune and 2b theatre company), The Children’s Republic (Great Canadian Theatre Company premiere) and The Huron Bride (premiered as part of Theatrefront’s The Mill play cycle) as well as The Russian Play and Essay, both of which won awards at SummerWorks Performance Festival. She’s been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Upcoming, she is writing a combination of TV, opera, theatre, and film projects, including commissions with the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. She is a Playwright-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

Sky on Swings is the third opera Moscovitch has written with composer Lembit Beecher. Their first collaboration, I Have No Stories to Tell You, premiered with Gotham Chamber Opera in 2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was staged in 2017 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the O17 festival. Their second collaboration, Sophia's Forest, premiered in 2017 at Drexel University's URBN Center.


MapPerelman Theater

Thu, Sep 20 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 1:30 p.m.
Tue, Sep 25 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 27 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 1:30 p.m.

Festival ticket packages of two or more events are now on sale. Single tickets will go on sale on August 1, 2018.

The running time is approximately one hour and 18 minutes with no intermission.

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