Pyaasa by Anusree Roy and Thomas Morgan Jones


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Set in Calcutta, Pyaasa tells the story of Chaya, an eleven-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.

Year Printed: 2010
First produced in 2007 at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON.

Winner of the 2008 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance

Acts: 1

Female Cast: 1

In the anthology, "Pyaasa & Letters to my Grandma".