The Matka KingIn a story that pits human nature against love and chance, a landscape of betrayal and redemption comes to life in the red-light district of Bombay, India. One very powerful eunuch, Top Rani, operates an illicit lottery through his brothel, and when a gambler who is deeply in debt makes an unexpected wager, the stakes become life and death. Can a fortune teller and a ten-year-old girl beat Top Rani at his own game?Bombay BlackApsara, Bombay's most infamous dancer, lives with her iron-willed mother Padma in an apartment by the sea. Padma takes money from men so they watch her daughter perform a mesmerizing dace. Apsara's extraordinary beauty and erotically charged dancing cast a powerful spell over her wealthy and famous clientele. One day, a mysterious blind man named Kamal visits for a private dance. His secret link to their past threatens to change each of their lives forever. At turns lyrical and brutal, Bombay Black charts the seduction of Apsara by Kamal, and Padma's violent enmity towards the blind man and the secret he holds.
Anosh Irani was born and brought up in Bombay, India. He moved to Vancouver in 1998. His first play, The Matka King, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver, in October 2003. Bombay Black, commissioned by Nightswimming, was produced in January 2006 by Cahoots Theatre Projects and was the winner of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play. His first novel, The Cripple and His Talismans, was published by Raincoast Books in 2004, and in the US and Germany in 2005. His second novel, The Song of Kahunsha, was published in 2006 by Doubleday Canada. Rights have been sold to the US, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Israel, and Portugal. His new play, My Granny the Goldfish, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre Company in 2010.