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By Pamela Mala Sinha
Casting: 4 f, 3 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104670, 144 pages, December 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104694, 144 pages, December 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104687, 144 pages, December 2023


It’s 1970s Winnipeg—a time of revolution and radical possibilities—and an apartment building of Indian immigrant friends is about to be transformed by their latest arrival. A young Bengali Muslim woman, Nuzha, has just married Qasim over the phone at his mother’s insistence, and can’t wait to start her new life with him. But Qasim struggles to let go of his true love, a Canadian nurse named Abby, making him an emotionally and physically distant husband. Broken-hearted but full of pluck, Nuzha finds comfort and adventures on her own terms by exploring everything her new community has to offer. From braving the bus schedule to building close relationships with Qasim’s friends, Nuzha’s discoveries are thrilling, enriching, and crack open new possibilities for everyone.

From the creator of the powerful solo show Crash, Pamela Mala Sinha’s New is an evocative, emotionally astute comedy about the complex nature of love and sacrifice, joyful togetherness and piercing loneliness, and what it means to create entirely new ways of life through our willingness to tread uncharted territory.


"... a masterful portrait of loneliness, yearning, grief and marriage which blends snappy, Neil Simon-esque domestic dialogue with a dramatic sharpness rarely deployed in a play quite so funny."

- Ben Waldman, The Winnipeg Free Press

"Specific in its details but universal in its themes, New . . . is one of the best new Canadian plays to debut this season."

- Glenn Sumi, So Sumi