Shaking the Dew from the Lilies
A Play in two acts
By© 2000 Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Apologies to Picasso.
What happens when five women are accidentally locked overnight in a mall washroom?
Sexy! Provocative! witty!
in your face 'adult comedy'
Tami, short skirt, blouse cut down to there…big hair and Cynthia, who looks at the world down her nose
have an instant dislike for each other. Next arrives nearly perfect Aja (according to Susan), witty, trendy
and popular and Susan, Aja’s friend who is fighting the feminist fight on the wrong battlefield with no
ammunition; long-time friends…but for how long? Complete the ensemble with Nicole…the voice of reason,
and not a red plaid jacket-wearing lesbian, either.
Throughout the night they discover unexpected things about each other, some are intriguing revelations, while
others are scandalous betrayals. When they emerge from the ordeal in the morning, they will have learned more
about themselves, wrestling with an array of topics from sexual abuse and mothers to tampons, orgasms and their
most embarrassing moments. While it is a comedy, this character driven play is not without its poignant moments
of anguish and emotional discoveries.
When life runs out of toilet paper, sometimes you just have to shake the dew from the lily.
*There is also a version of this with vignettes, including seven small parts that can be doubled...4/m and 3/f.
WHAT THEY SAID…
Shaking the Dew from the Lilies has got to be the most provocative, explicit, yet fascinating
and funny play
ever to be staged in
Harry Currie – Record Staff
It may be an eye-opener to men, who cannot know how women, on a personal comfort level,
talk between themselves. Above all, it was a real-life comedy with serious undertones. Many will
learn from absorbing and thinking a bit about the impact early life experiences have on current behaviour.
by Irena Wandschneider
This play is emotionally compelling and really, really funny. The things that are addressed are honest.
I've never seen any of this material on stage before.
Cynthia Davies, Director (
Shaking the Dew from the Lilies was voted in the top five for THE BEST LIVE THEATRE IN 2002 BY Echo Weekly.
It received its first production to sell-out audiences in Nov. 2002., in
Shaking the Dew from the Lilies was first produced in Nov. 2002 at the Registry Theatre,
Directed by George Joyce
a Flush ink production
produced by paddy-gillard Bentley & George Joyce
Shaking the Dew from the Lilies had its American Premier at the
Playwright Theatre in
May 12th –
Shaking the Dew from the Lilies was produced by Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre
Nov 4th – 21st at the Fire Hall Theatre
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