A ro­mance born in the­atre

Han­nah Moscov­itch on meet­ing her hus­band at the Tar­ragon

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Han­nah Moscov­itch is mak­ing some noise as one of the top play­wrights in Canada. Her play What a Young Wife Ought to Know is on at Street­car Crowsnest un­til April 7. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, the show she cre­ated with her hus­band Chris­tian Barry, Old Stock, is on a seven-week run off-Broad­way in New York City. This is not the first time the pair has worked to­gether — Barry also di­rects What a Young Wife Ought to Know, and the pair’s love story is rooted in the­atre.

How they met

Chris­tian: We saw and ad­mired each other’s work be­fore we met, so it started as a pro­fes­sional crush be­tween artists. I saw a pro­ject of Han­nah’s called The Rus­sian Play (I later di­rected a pro­duc­tion of the piece), and Han­nah saw a piece of mine called Re­vis­ited. We met at Tar­ragon The­atre. Han­nah was in the Play­wright’s Unit, and I was the Urjo Kareda Artist in Res­i­dence. I kept ask­ing Han­nah if she’d like help with her lat­est play and sign­ing my emails with an “xo.”

The first date

Chris­tian: Our first of­fi­cial date was to an event at Tar­ragon The­atre! We fi­nally ad­mit­ted that the se­ries of pro­fes­sional meet­ings we’d had were ac­tu­ally dates.

Mem­o­rable mo­ments

Han­nah: Most mem­o­rably, at the four-month mark in our re­la­tion­ship, Chris­tian told me he was mov­ing back to Nova Sco­tia. So I as­sumed that would be the end of our re­la­tion­ship, which made him cry. That clinched it some­how and I even­tu­ally moved to Hal­i­fax.

The pro­posal

Han­nah: It was on Mont Royal in Mon­treal. Chris­tian told me he wanted to spend his life with me. He had a toy ring in his hand. We called our par­ents right af­ter, who said, “Su­per!” The next day we went to an an­tique ring shop and picked out a ring from the 1880s that I love.

The wed­ding

Han­nah: We got mar­ried in our back­yard with flow­ers, cham­pagne, choco­late cake, our son Eli­jah, who was one, and a few very dear friends and fam­ily mem­bers. We de­cided at noon we were go­ing to do it, and got mar­ried at 6 p.m. that evening. We didn’t go on a hon­ey­moon.

The kids

Han­nah: We have our son, Eli­jah. He is named af­ter the prophet. He is two and a half years old.

Balanc­ing it all

Han­nah: We don’t. It’s chaos.

Se­cret of suc­cess

Han­nah: Mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion, jokes, a will­ing­ness to back down and an un­will­ing­ness to back down. A de­sire on both our parts for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and self­im­prove­ment. Re­spect for each other’s emo­tions and dreams. A sim­i­lar­ity in the way we see the world: that love comes first.

Shared hob­bies

Han­nah: Our shared hobby is that we don’t have hob­bies or in­ter­ests. Some­times Chris­tian plays pond hockey. That’s about it. The main thing is we both have ca­reers in the the­atre, so our shared in­ter­est is our work.

The home

Han­nah: When we are in Hal­i­fax, we live in the north end. Here in Toronto, we call King West home.

Life af­ter re­tire­ment

Han­nah: We’re not the re­tir­ing type. Maybe a house by the sea? It’s hard to plan be­yond the six­month mark at this point. We have a tod­dler. Some­times it’s hard to plan be­yond the 45minute mark.

Han­nah Moscov­itch, Chris­tian Barry and their son Eli­jah at their back­yard wed­ding

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