Working on a play for @victorygardenstheater this week at the Colorado New Play Festival! (at Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
Alliance Theatre; Photo by Greg Mooney
Full-length. 3F, 3M
Evie Malone, a college senior and closet romantic, plays Warcraft with her online boyfriend and fixes other people’s relationships. Sure, she doesn’t have a sex life, but who really needs that… right?
Winner of the 2013/14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Contest.
Selected Production History:
Alliance Theatre – Atlanta, GA. February 2014. Director: Laura Kepley
No Rules Theatre Company, Signature Theatre – Arlington, VA. January 2015. Director: Joshua Morgan
Halcyon Theatre – Chicago, IL. August 2015. Director: Tlaloc Rivas.
Artists at Play – Los Angeles: September 2015. Director: Alejandra Cisneros
Custom Made Theatre – San Francisco: November 2015. Director: James Nelson.
Washington Post: “Theater is a confident art form in the hands of dramatist Madhuri Shekar. Her comedy “In Love and Warcraft” pokes fun at the video game industry, chronicling the travails of a college student who’s addicted to online fantasy role-play. […] As seen in a highly entertaining No Rules Theatre Company production, directed by Joshua Morgan, the play is a bona fide romantic comedy, succeeding so blithely in the format that launched innumerable Hugh Grant flicks that you almost can see Hollywood flailing in the rear-view mirror.” – Celia Wren
Broadway World (Washington, DC): “Like Evie, the emotional center of In Love and Warcraft who is surprised to discover she has a full heart, this new play by Madhuri Shekar at No Rules Theatre Company is full of heart, overflowing with warmth and good humor to balance the challenges of intimacy in a world that does not respond logically to strategy and commands. – Pamela Roberts
Atlanta Journal Constitution: “The winner of the 2014 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, [the play is] a canny blend of Jane Austen and Cyrano de Bergerac — as viewed through a geeky collegiate lens. Shekar stirs up great comedic shenanigans and one wholly original theatrical interlude. Over 10 years, the Alliance’s playwriting competition has identified the literary stars of the next generation. Shekar is no exception. In Love and Warcraft is a fresh look at the strange social behaviors spawned by Internet culture, where love and loneliness spar like the masters and the monsters of the universe.” – Wendell Brock
New City Stage: “It’s rare to see a “nerd” character in a play not being treated as a joke or a stereotype, and Evie truly feels like a fully realized human being. In fact, Madhuri Shekar’s script treats each of its characters, including Evie, her sex-addicted roommate Kitty (Claire Reinhart, who owns the stage every time she’s in a scene), and her love interests – Raul (Kroydell Galima) and Ryan (Brian Bradford) like real, fully formed people… some of whom just happen to spend time going on raids with their level thirty-four Night Elf Hunters. […] “In Love and Warcraft” is fun, funny and, by the end, deeply touching.” – Sean Kelley
DC Metro Theatre Arts: “In Love and Warcraft will be a treat for the curious theater-goer. […] a most tantalizing theater on the cutting-edge of the new. This is good news for DC area theater-goers who hunger for some atypical and distinctive new tastes.” – David Siegel
DC Theatre Scene: “[T]he first scene of No Rules Theatre Company’s DC premiere is a collision between romance and fantasy combat, heartfelt pleas and argot-filled cacophony, broad sex humor and genuinely human connection. It’s as all-encompassing an introduction to the play you’re about to see as you could ask for – if the title, In Love and Warcraft, wasn’t clear enough – and the more you enjoy its juxtapositions and energy the more you’ll love what follows.” – Brett Steven Abelman
Atlanta Cultural Arts Review: “The Alliance presents this incredible premiere of this work, which won the 2014 Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. […] The show progresses from real life to WOW in the second act, and when the Avatars show up it is some of best costuming and funniest acting you’ll ever see.” – RJH