New York Premiere; Jan 31-Feb 16.
Directed by J. Mehr Kaur
Cast: Mahima Saigal, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Ezra Barnes and Kabir Chopra
Set Designer: Susannah Hyde
Costume Designer: Caitlin Cisek
Lighting Designer: Shelby Loera
Assistant Lighting Designer: Austin Boyle
Sound Designer: Margaret Montagna
Prop Designer: Rachel Langley
Production Manager: W. Alan Waters
Production Stage Manager: Elliott Karliner
Assistant Stage Manager: Jack Asitimbay
Photography by Michael R. Dekker
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Had my first workshop of a new radio play for Audible this week, coming to your ears in 2019! Very very excited for this one. Thank you @piajune for taking these pictures of our process! (at Minetta Lane Theater)
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.
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?
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
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