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Brothel #9

Brothel #9

By Anusree Roy
Introduction by Iris Turcott
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, South Asian Canadian Playwrights, Award Winners, Women Writers
Casting: 2 f, 2 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770910416, 112 pages, May 2012
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770910430, 112 pages, May 2012
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770910423, 112 pages, May 2012


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2012
  • Winner, Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights 2011


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.


"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. " —NOW Magazine