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By Rahul Varma
Foreword by Guillermo Verdecchia
Subjects: Quebec Playwrights, Death, Grief & Loss, History, Political Theatre, South Asian Canadian Playwrights, Community Theatre Picks, Large Cast, Environmental Issues
Casting: 8 actors
Duration: 90 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887548109, 96 pages, March 2005
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369101181, 250 pages, March 2005
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102614, 250 pages, March 2005


Bhopal, 1984. With the presence of the Carbide International pesticide factory, the city begins to claw its way out of endemic poverty. But what is to be made of the deformed babies born to women living near the factory? And the poison gas explosion that will leave three thousand people dead in just a few minutes—and will kill tens of thousands more in the years to come. How could have this happened?


"The characters who inhabit Rahul Varma's play [...] are all seeking the common good. But they are not guided by the same priorities or goals. To get what they want, they must negotiate with each other. Each time they do, something is lost. And these losses ultimately ad up to disaster. This play—a pitiless analysis of the stakes of globalization—explores how this happens."

- Paul Lefebvre