In each play, two strangers—a man and a woman claiming different racial origins—meet by accident in a public space in the United States. As they share confidences and spill secrets, the chance encounters trigger reflection.
A bird watching architect from Hyderabad whose boyfriend decides to give up love for war, meets a vagabond with a wry feel for causes; Dismissing Claude Monet as a painter of pretty flowers, a Texan investment banker becomes curious about a Sri Lankan woman's passion for lilyscapes, passion for Monet's lilyscapes; Two days after 9/11, a young school teacher from Tamil Nadu on her first foreign trip finds a friend in a Serbo Hungarian novelist en route to meet his German translator in Frankfurt.
Can the characters hold on to ideals after all, and resist the blood-tide swelling around them? Can they believe that beauty and compassion are as real as everyday fear and pain? This trilogy is an attempt to find out if serenity can be reached in a blast-riddled world.
“It is a pleasure to introduce the next important Indian dramatist: Gowri Ramnarayan, from Chennai. JustUs Rep[ertory’s Water Lilies gave evidence of a distinctive new voice.”
The Telegraph, August 2008
“The most striking characteristic of the three episode-like plays is their search for meaning and stability in the chaos of everyday life.”
Mumbai Theatre Guide, March 2008
“On a bare stage, the ecological ambience in Fawn Lilies, the elegance and elan of the Monet exhibition in Water Lilies, and the terror at Dulles airport in Black Lilies are impeccably created.”
Times of India, May 2008