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Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

A play by Hannah Moscovitch.

Hannah Moscovitch

Jon, a star professor and author, is racked with self-loathing after his third marriage crumbles around him when he finds himself admiring a student — a girl in a red coat. The girl, 19-year-old Annie, is a big fan of his work, and also happens to live down the street. From their doorways to his office to hotel rooms, their mutual admiration and sexual tension escalates under Jon's control to a surprising conclusion that will leave you wanting to go back and question your perceptions of power as soon as you finish. (From Playwrights Canada Press)

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes is a finalist for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for drama. The winners will be announced on Nov. 17, 2021.

Hannah Moscovitch is a playwright, TV writer and librettist based in Halifax. She's received many honours over her career, including the Trillium Book Award, Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and the Windham-Campbell Prize. She's been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for drama twice before — in 2019 for What a Young Wife Ought to Know and in 2009 for East of Berlin.

Interviews with Hannah Moscovitch

In the age of #MeToo, #TimesUp, Harvey Weinstein and countless sexual predators, it can be hard to have a nuanced and open conversation about sexual misconduct in all its varieties without people becoming angry or defensive. But that's exactly what one of Canada's funniest and most talented playwrights — Hannah Moscovitch — encourages, with her provocative new play Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes. She'll be Michael’s guest along with the play’s cast — Matthew Edison and Alice Snaden. 31:34

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