Jon Stealer – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Men and women from an ‘unnamed country caught in political violence’, arrive by boat in Canada. They do menial jobs that other Canadians refuse to do, yet get labelled as job-stealer. This fast paced one-act picks up crucial aspects of challenges, hopes, and conciliation of immigrant work-force.
Setting: Canada
Time Period: [...]

Land Where the Trees Talk – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Huge chunk of native land has been appropriated by the government for hydro-electric development, causing mercury poisoning. Natives, headed by their chief, blockade the road. Land Where the Trees Talk is a play about native rights in face of institutionalized dispossession.
Setting: Canada
Time Period: Any time
Cast Size: 11
Casting: A total of [...]

Isolated Incident – by Rahul Varma

with co-author Steve Orlov
Synopsis: This one act play was written to mark the first anniversary of shooting death of Anthony Griffin, an unarmed black teenager, at the hands of a Montreal policeman.  The play is fast paced and uses elements of Indian street theatre.
Setting: Montreal, Canada
Time Period: Anny time
Cast Size: 8
Casting: [...]

Trading Injuries – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Trading Injuries is radio version of No Man’s Land with emphasis on abusiveness of the workplace for immigrant women trapped in sweatshops.
Setting: Radio play
Time Period: Any Time
Cast Size: 8
2 south Asian males
2 south Asian females
2 Canadian males
2 Canadian female.

Design Needs: Radio play
This Play Is: published
Production History: Trading Injuries is radio version of [...]

No Man’s Land – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Quaiser, Jenna, and their daughter Samreena flee communal violence in India and arrive in Montreal in 1970, with a charred brick as a reminder of their “home back home”. Home in the new country is identity to Quaiser. Determined not to let the misfortunes of other impede his desire to [...]

Counter Offence – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Shazia, daughter of immigrant parents form India marries Shapoor, an Iranian on a student visa.  She sponsors him for Canadian resident status.  While the process drags on, their marriage takes an ugly turn. Shapoor hits Shazia and she calls in police.  Sgt Galliard arrests Shapoor on charges of spousal abuse.
Mr. [...]

Bhopal – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Based on the world’s worst industrial disaster that happened at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, this play is a fictional account drawing attention to human attitudes that result 20,000 dead and counting.
Mr. Devraj Sarthi, an Indian businessman trained in America, returns home to introduce India to Karbide [...]

Truth and Treason – by Rahul Varma

Iraq is roiling under the American occupation and America is preparing to host the Conference for the Democracy and Salvation of Iraq in Baghdad. One day, in front of the conference, a little girl called Ghazal Ahad, daughter of an Iraqi writer Omar Ahad, jailed by the dictator Saddam, is shot [...]