A deal has been struck between two men in India – 2,100 rupees in exchange for a young village woman named Rekha. Sent to Calcutta without knowing why, Rekha finds herself in the confines of a brothel with Jamuna, a prostitute and madam, who is resigned to her trade. In these conditions, Rekha must shape her destiny and find inner liberty.
Plays by Anusree Roy
In the haunting Letters to My Grandma, Malobee unearths letters detailing her grandmother’s fight to survive the 1947 partition of India, which resonates with Malobee’s own struggles to create a new life in present-day Toronto. A grand multi-generational tale of hatred, regret, love and forgiveness, Letters to my Grandma weaves the remarkable stories of these two women together, inextricably linking their histories and delving into how the hatred bred between Hindus and Muslims in the Old World consumes families in Canada today.
Set in Calcutta, Pyaasa tells the story of Chaya, an 11-year-old untouchable who dreams of nothing more than learning her times tables. When Chaya’s mother begs a woman from a higher caste to give Chaya a job at a local tea stall, Chaya’s journey from childhood to adulthood begins and ends over ten days. A moving and heartfelt play, Pyaasa illustrates with subtlety and nuanced truth the inequalities and injustices that persist through the Indian caste system.
Anusree Roy was born and raised in Kolkata, India, before moving with her family to Toronto. Anusree Roy is a recent graduate of the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. Since graduating she has met with great success with Pyaasa, winning two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance. Roy's play Brothel #9 premiered at Factory Theatre in Toronto in 2011 and was a finalist for the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights.