Plays by Rahul Varma

State of Denial

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

Odette is a young Rwandan-Canadian filmmaker who has travelled to Turkey to investigate stories of genocide and hidden identity for an upcoming film. When she interviews Sahana, an elderly Muslim woman who has spent her life assisting survivors of the Armenian genocide, she learns a devastating secret about Sahana, one that she resolves to share with the world at any cost, even if it means revealing her own shocking secret.

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Rahul Varma is a playwright, essayist, and community activist. Born in 1952 in India, he moved to Canada in 1976. In 1981, he co-founded Teesri Duniya Theatre (Teesri Duniya means ‘third world’ in Hindi), which is a professional, multicultural company that produces socially relevant theatre examining issues of cultural representation and diversity in Canada. Rahul Varma became the company’s artistic director in 1986. To advance the company’s mandate, he launched the theatre quarterly cultural diversity and the stage in 1998. He made his first forays into English language with a series of one-act plays that included Job Stealer, Isolated Incident and Equal Wages. With Land Where The Trees Talk, in 1989, he turned his attention to the creation of full-length plays. His full-length works include No Man’s Land, the radio drama Trading Injuries, Counter Offence and Bhopal. Counter Offence has been translated into French as L’Affaire Farhadi and Italian as Il Caso Farhadi. Bhopal has been translated into French under the same title and has also been translated into Hindi and Urdu by India’s pre-eminent director Habib Tanvir under the name Zahreeli Hawa. Rahul lives in Montreal with his wife and his daughter.