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Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes
By (author): Hannah Moscovitch
Hannah Moscovitch


Playwrights Canada Press



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Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jul 27, 2021
$18.95 CAD


8.2in x 5.2 x 0.7 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

104 pages


120 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Women Authors
Governor General's Literary Award 2021, Winner Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction 2022, Short-listed
  • Short Description

The archetypal student-teacher romance is cleverly turned on its head for the post-#MeToo era.

The archetypal student-teacher romance is cleverly turned on its head for the post-#MeToo era in this striking new play by the acclaimed author of What a Young Wife Ought to Know and Bunny.

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, nineteen-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.

  • Premiered in December 2019 at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.
  • Announced but postponed productions set for London, ON; Edmonton, AB; and Melbourne, Australia.

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, TV writer, and librettist whose work has been widely produced in Canada and around the world. Recent stage work includes Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes and Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (co-created with Christian Barry and Ben Caplan). Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, the Scotsman Fringe First and the Herald Angel Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She has been nominated for the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Drama Desk Award, Canada’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. She lives in Halifax.

“Beyond providing her signature sharp sense of humour . . . the intrigue in Moscovitch’s script is in discovering why she’s playing with such traditional tropes, so out of character for the playwright who has written so frankly about female sexuality.”

- Carly Maga, Toronto Star

“Powerful and clever and funny.”

- Ron Johnson, TRNTO

“Everything about Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes was perfect. I loved it.”

- Sam Mooney, Mooney on Theatre

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