'Free Outgoing' Explores Sexuality & Safety in the Digital Age

'Free Outgoing' Explores Sexuality & Safety in the Digital Age

Anusree Roy stars in the North American premiere of the Royal Court hit which asks the timely question: How can we protect our daughters in the digital age?

Nightwood Theatre kicks off its 2013/14 season with the North American premiere of the Royal Court hit, Free Outgoing by Anupama Chandraskhar at the Factory Theatre Mainspace from January 28 to February 16, 2014.

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“A gripping and insightful play” (Time Out), Free Outgoing tracks the fall-out of a text messaging scandal. With gut-wrenching intensity and a sharp wit, Chandrasekhar brilliantly dissects the clash of tradition and modernity in her culture and confronts the timely issues of sexuality and safety in the digital age.

The play centres around Deepa, a high-achieving 15 year old from a middle-class Tamil family in Chennai, India. When her boyfriend records them having sex on his cell phone and sends the clip to a friend, the video spreads like a virus. She becomes the “most watched teenager in India,” and is expelled along with her brother from their private school. Malini, their widowed mother, is besieged by media and crowds, and a national crisis of sexual and technological values ensues.

“Free Outgoing is an exploration through fiction into my society’s hypocrisy with regard to female sexuality. In setting Free Outgoing in Chennai, a rather conservative Indian city, I have attempted to understand my own world better.” - Chandrasekhar, a Chennai-based journalist turned playwright.

Developed through the Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency Program, Free Outgoing opened in London to rave reviews in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Charles Wintour Award, the John Whiting Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Nightwood Theatre’s production of Free Outgoing is directed by Artistic Director Kelly Thornton, who says, “Anupama’s play feeds a pertinent global discussion about young adults navigating their sexuality in the world of social media and the often devastating affects they and their families experience when charting this new frontier.” 

Free Outgoing features a stellar cast led by Anusree Roy as Malini and Sanjay Talwar as Ramesh.

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About Nightwood Theatre

Led by Artistic Director Kelly Thornton and Managing Director Denyse Karn, Nightwood Theatre forges creative alliances among women artists from diverse backgrounds in order to develop and produce innovative Canadian theatre. We produce original Canadian plays and works from the contemporary international repertoire, advocate for women, provide a training ground for emerging talent and engage artists in play development and theatre production. We strive to make theatre that is relevant, awakens a new perspective, and promotes empathy and a deeper connection to our humanity.

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