One year after the sold-out run of Asking For It, playwright Ellie Moon returns to Crow’s Theatre with her sophomore play What I call her, directed by Sarah Kitz (winner of Crow’s Theatre’s 2017 RBC Emerging Director Prize).
The estranged mother of 25-year old Kate is on her deathbed. A Facebook post becomes the subject of heated debate. Then, a knock on the door. What I call her is a play about gaps in how people perceive and understand the world they live in, female generational rage, and the loneliness of holding onto one’s own truth.
Ellie Moon describes What I call her as “post-MeToo, because it presupposes a world in which women have power. It’s striking to hear people say they understand why something they experienced as benign was considered abuse by someone else. I began to think about how the same experiences are processed so differently by people-and how many people have different experiences within the same family.”
What I call her features a dynamite cast of emerging talent: Michael Ayres (Chariots of Fire / Grand Theatre, We Are Proud to Present… / Theatre Centre) Ellie Ellwand (The Nails / Summerworks, National Theatre School Class of 2017) and Charlie Gould as Kate (Richard III / Shakespeare in the Ruff, The Tempest / Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow).
Ellie Moon’s playwriting debut, Asking For It, opened Crow’s Theatre and Nightwood Theatre’s 2017/18 seasons, produced independently by In Association. Asking For It sold out its run and was called “a sly, intelligent piece of documentary theatre” (Globe & Mail), “timely, personal and riveting” (NOW), and “a vital piece of theatre” (Intermission). Ellie is Tarragon Theatre’s Bulmash-Siegal playwright-in-residence, as well as a Dora-nominated actor, appearing next in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Montreal’s Segal Centre in November 2018.