• Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Los Angeles: MONKEY LOVE at Sacred Fools

    Very excited that Sacred Fools, one of my favorite L.A. theatre companies, is doing a reading of my play MONKEY LOVE on Sunday, 1/20, as part of their New Works Festival. Details below.

    MONKEY LOVE by Madhuri Shekar
    When: Sunday, Jan 20, 5 pm; Reception to follow
    Where: The Broadwater (Second Stage), 6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
    RSVP here

    Deep in the jungles of East India, two different couples (of the monkey and of the human persuasion) experience an eventful night of falling in, and out, and back into love. Soulmates are hard work.

    Directed by Reena Dutt
    Cast: Kapil Talwalkar, Ulka Mohanty, Troy Blendell, Lauren Van Kurin and Jax Ball.

  • Monday, December 3, 2018
  • QUEEN in Queens, Feb 2019

    QUEEN, my play about women and science and bees and professional friendships and ethics in research and sexy libertarians (I mean, to a point), is getting its New York premiere!

    The production by Astoria Performing Arts Center will run from Jan 31 – Feb 16, 2019, at the Black Box at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens
    21-12 30th Rd @ 21st St. Tickets on sale now.

    Directed by the wonderful J. Mehr Kaur.

    🐝🐝🐝

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Evil Eye

    Full length: 2F, 2-3M (with doubling)

    Evil Eye is a chilling new audio play coming to your Audible subscriptions in early 2019. Originally commissioned by Audible as part of their inaugural audio theater project.

    Usha and her daughter Pallavi talk on the phone, long-distance, almost every single day, and Usha’s dearest wish is to see Pallavi get married. But when Pallavi starts dating a man who couldn’t be more perfect, Usha can’t shake the feeling that something is off about this young man. Something sinister. Something too frightening to even be real. But who’s going to believe her?

    Script Requests: Beth Blickers, bblickers@apa-agency.com

  • Monday, October 8, 2018
  • HOUSE OF JOY going to Cal Shakes!

    Cal Shakes sets impressive 2019 season, featuring two of the Bard’s best

    Could not be more excited to share the news that HOUSE OF JOY will be getting its world premiere production at Cal Shakes, in August 2019.

    I wrote this play imagining a Shakespeare festival in mind – but it was a fanciful thought. I didn’t actually dream that it would come true exactly as I had imagined it.

    But HOUSE OF JOY is epic and fanciful and repurposes legends of history to talk about what I’m most excited and terrified about today. It is big and fun and dark and has loads of stage combat. It was MADE for a Shakespeare festival and I am so thrilled that I’ll get to see it come to life in the Bay Area, where I was born, in a beautiful summer outdoor amphitheater. Grateful to Eric Ting and the artistic leadership at Cal Shakes. More updates to come.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Queen in the Bay Area

    QUEEN will be playing in the Bay Area this weekend, Sep 28-29! Tickets/info: https://www.tikkl.com/enacte/c/queen

    Produced by EnActe Arts and directed by Vinita Sud Belani.

    EnActe did multiple wonderful productions of my play A NICE INDIAN BOY and I’m so glad to be working with them again.

    The Simpsons writer/producer and playwright Mike Reiss saw the Bay Area premiere of the play last week and was nice enough to leave a video review.

    Which also made me think of another amazing video review I got for this play, from Tanya Saracho herself, playwright extraordinaire and creator of the new Starz show VIDA.

    🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

  • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • House of Joy

    Photo by Lorenz Angelo, Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018

    Full length: 5F, 1M, 1 Non-Binary

    Upcoming: World Premiere at Cal Shakes, August 2019!

    Synopsis
    Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

    Development History:
    Bay Area Playwrights Festival: July 2018
    South Coast Repertory: Pacific Playwrights Festival: April 2018
    New York Stage and Film: January 2018
    Pratidhwani Represent Festival: October, 2017
    Juilliard New Play Festival: September, 2017
    Atlantic Theatre: Asian American Mix Fest, August 2017

    Script Requests: Beth Blickers, bblickers@apa-agency.com

  • Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Queen

    Photo by Liz Lauren, Victory Gardens 2017

    Full length. 2f, 2m

    World Premiere at Victory Gardens, Chicago, April 2017. Directed by Joanie Schultz.

    Recent and Upcoming productions:
    Seattle: August 2018. Directed by Agastya Kohli, Produced by Pratidhwani and ACT
    Cupertino: September 2018. Directed by Vinita Sud Belani, Produced by EnActe Theatre.
    New York: February 2019. Details to be announced.

    Synopsis
    Sanam Shah, a mathematician, and Ariel Spiegel, a biologist, are PhD candidates and best friends working together to discover the cause of colony collapse disorder – the urgent, ecological crisis where bees are disappearing around the world in alarming numbers. Just as they are about to publish a career-defining new paper on the subject, calling for a ban on commercial pesticides, Sanam realizes that the numbers don’t add up to support their conclusion. Should she look the other way for the sake of environmental action, or should she stand by her scientific principles, even if it means ceding ground to an ecological disaster, jeopardizing her career, and losing her best friend?

    Development History:

    June 2013/14 Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, Los Angeles
    August 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab, Ashland
    July 2015 Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago
    October 2015 Blank Theatre Living Room Series, Los Angeles
    March 2017 Ma-Yi Labfest, New York

    Reviews, Press & Other Updates

  • Monday, August 6, 2018
  • QUEEN in Seattle

    My play QUEEN is currently running in Seattle, presented by ACTLab and Pratidhwani. Directed by Agasty Kohli. Closes August 19.

    Tickets and more info here! https://acttheatre.org/actlab/2018-2/queen-aug-19/

    Dates: August 3-19, 2018
    Runtime: about 1 hour and 40 minutes and will be presented without an intermission
    Location: Bullitt Cabaret

    PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error, which could jeopardize their reputations, careers, and friendship. How far will you go to defend your ethics and standards of integrity, and at what cost? Queen by Madhuri Shekar is a play about pursuit of truth, relationships, and bees.

    “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. When you know the truth, the truth makes you a soldier.” – Mahatma Gandhi