Here’s a primer on Modernism to help frame SHIV in particular, and the Trilogy in general.
In SHIV, Bapu is a struggling “science fiction modernist” poet, whose work has trouble translating from Punjabi into English.
One of my favorite excerpts from the play…
SHIV: We’ll take my ship.
SHIV: (re. the mattress) Get on.
GERARD: Ok… funny ship…
SHIV: It’s modernist. No structure, no rhyme, and the reviews are suboptimal.
GERARD Are you sure it’ll float?