Brothel #9

By Anusree Roy
Introduction by Iris Turcott

Brothel #9
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A deal has been struck between two men in India—twenty-one hundred 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. ... Read more


Overview

A deal has been struck between two men in India—twenty-one hundred 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.

Anusree Roy

Anusree Roy is a Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated writer and actor whose work has premiered internationally. Her plays include Trident Moon, Sultans of the Street, Brothel #9, Roshni, Letters to my Grandma, and Pyaasa. Her plays and performances have won her four Dora Mavor Moore Awards along with multiple nominations. She is the recipient of the KM Hunter Artist Award, the RBC Emerging Artist Award, and the Carol Bolt Award, was named as a protégé of the Siminovitch Prize, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She lives in Toronto.

Iris Turcott

Iris Turcott is a dramaturge, director, and actor. She was also co-founder and co-artistic director of Playbill Theatre. She spent fourteen years as company dramaturge at the Canadian Stage Company. Iris has worked with playwrights from coast to coast including Adam Pettle, Joan MacLeod, Michel Marc Bouchard, Brad Fraser, Judith Thompson, Sunil Kuruvilla, and Tomson Highway. She has been involved in a number of international co-commissions including the Royal Exchange in Manchester, the Melbourne Festival, and the Abbey Theatre. She is also the dramaturge for Ronnie Burkettâ??s internationally acclaimed Theatre of Marionettes. Iris is active in arts education and is involved in a number of aspects of publishing. She has served on the board of directors for the LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) and is currently the company dramaturg at Factory Theatre.

Reviews

"Brothel #9 is her most ambitious, hardest hitting play to date." —Lynn Slotkin

"Roy's convincing dialogue shows how a disturbing semblance of domesticity persists in this horrible environment."

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