Written by Anusree Roy
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
Listen wherever you get your podcasts!
You Can’t Get There From Here Audio Series
Episode 1: Sisters
Inspired by a true story, Sisters from award-winning writer Anusree Roy, follows Millie and Rai, who have recently immigrated to Toronto from India with their father. Set over the course of one evening at Tatos Laundromat in New Toronto, the sisters fantasize about: what they will order at Tim Hortons, getting a cell phone, and how exciting their new life will be – as soon as their dad lands his first job. Their daydreaming is cut short when an event occurs at the laundromat, threatening not only their sense of security, but their ability to withhold secrets from each other.
A gripping and moving story, Sisters shines an honest light on contemporary immigrant experiences and brings into focus that people living and just getting by in the city are more alike than they first appear.
About the Playwright
Anusree Roy is a Governor General’s Award-nominated writer and actor whose work has premiered internationally. Her plays include: Sisters, Trident Moon, Little Pretty and The Exceptional, Sultans of the Street, Brothel # 9, Roshni, Letters to my Grandma, and Pyaasa. Her opera libretto pieces include: The Golden Boy and Noor over Afghan. Her works have won her four Dora Mavor Moore Awards along with multiple nominations. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, RBC Emerging Artist Award, The Carol Bolt Award and The Siminovitch Protégé Prize. She was the 2018 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (The oldest and largest prize in the world, awarded to women playwrights writing in the English language). For television: Anusree has worked on Remedy, Killjoys, Nurses S1 & S2 along with being the current Consulting Producer and writer on Transplant S2. Anusree is currently developing a feature film inspired by Sisters.
About the Director
Nina Lee Aquino
With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina was the founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre company, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (2-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre. She was previously the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre and Factory Theatre and is now the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize, the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards for Best Director, and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.