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Indian playwright Ramnarayan will speak Sept. 19 and 20 on UI campus

September 11th, 2011

Playwright and director Gowri Ramnarayan will be speaking about the writing and staging of three of her plays during an upcoming visit to the UI. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 172 of the Theatre Buliding Ramnarayan will discuss “Serpent Speak” and “Dark Horse” and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in Theatre B of the Theatre Building she will discuss “Water Lilies.” These events are free and open to the public.

Ramnarayan has written and directed four plays in English that have been staged all over India. She will focus on the blending of dialogue, poetry, dance and music in her work in these upcoming UI talks.

In addition to playwriting, Ramnarayan has scripted and directed two theatre productions in Tamil and translated Marathi plays and Tamil short stories. She has authored several children’s books, served as a jury member at various international film festivals, and she is a feature writer of music, cinema, theatre and literature with the nationwide English daily “The Hindu” in India.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the South Asian Studies Programs within UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Art Borreca at or 319-353-2401.