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The Men in White

by Anosh Irani

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FINALIST, GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD FOR DRAMA
In the latest play from Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Anosh Irani, we meet eighteen-year-old Hasan Siddiqui, who lives in a bustling Muslim quarter of Bombay. He escapes the drudgery of his work at a chicken slaughterhouse by fostering two fervent dreams — to become a star in cricket, a sport at which he happens to excel, and to win the affections of Haseena, a fiercely intelligent young woman two years his junior. When it comes to her, however, he is not so proficient, and Hasan’s close-to-nonexistent prospects — along with the rather unfortunate setting of their budding romance, Baba’s Chicken Centre — make advancing either cause look impossible.

Half a world away in Vancouver, Hasan’s older brother, Abdul, has been working under the table at an Indian restaurant, attempting to set down roots with the hope of one day reuniting with his brother. For Abdul the immigrant dream shows little sign of materializing, but he finds solace in his amateur cricket team. When he and the team’s captain decide to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting the talented Hasan for the rest of the season. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take much more than just a plane ticket, and rising tensions demonstrate that not all members of the team agree with the high cost.

Alternating between Bombay and Vancouver and exploring urgent themes surrounding the complexities of the modern immigrant experience, Islamophobia, and racial violence, The Men in White is by turns disarming, hilarious, and brutally poignant — the masterful playwright and novelist Anosh Irani at his finest.

About the Author

Anosh Irani

ANOSH IRANI was born and brought up in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998. His play Bombay Black won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. The Matka King received a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, as did his latest play, The Men in White. Irani’s most recent novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; was longlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2018 Dublin Literary Award; and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, the Walrus, and Quill & Quire. His work has been translated into eleven languages.

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ANOSH IRANI was born and brought up in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998. His play Bombay Black won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. The Matka King received a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, as did his latest play, The Men in White. Irani’s most recent novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; was longlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2018 Dublin Literary Award; and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, the Walrus, and Quill & Quire. His work has been translated into eleven languages.

Editorial Review

PRAISE FOR ANOSH IRANI:
“One of CanLit’s most innovative chameleons.” — Quill & Quire

PRAISE FOR ANOSH IRANI AND THE MEN IN WHITE:
NOMINATED FOR THREE JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARDS, INCLUDING FOR OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT
“The play feels so contemporary; its themes — Islamophobia, immigration — are obviously very of the moment, taking on a new urgency of late. . . . I am glad a playwright of Irani’s calibre is dealing with them.” — Globe and Mail

PRAISE FOR BOMBAY BLACK:
FINALIST, GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD
WINNER OF 4 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS, INCLUDING FOR OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY (2006)
NOMINATED FOR 4 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS (2016)
NAMED ONE OF THE 20 BEST SHOWS ON VANCOUVER STAGES IN 2017
NAME ONE OF THE TOP 5 SHOWS AT THE FRINGE BY GLOBAL NEWS TV
PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD AT THE VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017
A GEORGIA STRAIGHT CRITICS’ PICK AWARD RUNNER-UP
A VANCOUVER SUN TOP 7 SHOW PICK
A VANCOUVER PROVINCE TOP 7 SHOW PICK
A VANCOUVER PRESENTS TOP 10 SHOW PICK
“This visually stunning and beautifully acted production shines . . . poetic and haunting.” — Now, NNNN
“Although the ivory tower story — a young maiden locked away from the world — is a classic tale, Anosh Irani’s compelling Bombay Black offers the concept through new light. Irani’s plot is not so much a linear tale as it is an unfolding of the intersecting life paths of these three characters. [A] lyrical, humorous, and somber work.” — SAD Mag
“This is one of the most harrowing, unsettling, and mesmerizing plays I’ve ever seen. Ten hours after leaving the theatre, I’m still shaken by what acclaimed playwright Anosh Irani weaves in Bombay Black’s dense 75 minutes.” — Andrea Werner, Georgia Straight
“Intrigue, betrayal, love, and seduction. This month’s most riveting watch on Mumbai’s theatre circuit is Bombay Black.” — ELLE

PRAISE FOR THE MATKA KING:
“Anosh Irani has crafted a story as black and seductive as a desert night.” — Globe and Mail
“Excellent characterization and humor bring [this] cruel drama to life.” — Vancouver Sun
“Raunchy yet elegant . . . An engaging exploration of the darker side of human nature.” — Westender
“Top Rani's desire to understand his sexuality is very powerful. And this is perhaps where east meets west in Irani's intriguing play.” — Vancouver Courier
“Top Rani, in The Matka King, is a barker much like Celestin in Jerome: the top eunuch in a brothel in the red light district, he has girls to sell and bets to take. Throughout, the writing is deliciously biting and the exchanges very clever. Every line is an opportunity to comment and satirize while the images are vivid and unexpected. Despite (or because of) the humour and the harshness, we feel deeply for these characters.” — Canadian Literature

PRAISE FOR THE BOMBAY PLAYS: THE MATKA KING & BOMBAY BLACK:
“At once poetic and theatrical, The Bombay Plays pulse with grit, humour and despair. Anosh Irani makes an astonishing debut with these two plays. His voice is fierce, funny and wholly original.” — Governor General’s Literary Award Jury Citation

PRAISE FOR ANOSH IRANI AND THE PARCEL:
FINALIST, THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD
FINALIST, THE ROGERS WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE
FINALIST, THE ETHEL WILSON FICTION PRIZE
LONGLISTED, THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE
A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A QUILL & QUIRE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NATIONAL POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A CBC BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A WALRUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
“Part of the way this excellent book heals such a sprawling, horrifying reality is with beauty . . . With the hijras, the parcels, the eyes, arms and power of a moody deity, one looks at the strange only to discover unity.” — Globe and Mail
“Irani takes readers into the depths of Mumbai’s teeming Kamathipura district, whose economy depends on prostitution bordering on slavery . . . Sounds grim, but Irani’s ear is attuned to the raucous humour of the sex workers as they do what they can to maintain their dignity. A harsh dose of reality administered with wit and clarity.” — NOW Magazine
The Parcel showcases the perceptive acid-streaked sensibility that distinguishes Irani’s novels and plays. But though Irani makes the hell of slums visceral on his pages, he offers here the ways feral compassion can turn to grace.” — National Post

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