• 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

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  • 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

  • Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • A Nice Indian Boy

    East West Players, 2014. Photo by Michael Lamont

    Full-length. 3M, 2F.

    Naveen Gavaskar just wants a traditional Indian marriage to a nice Indian… boy. While his parents are trying to wrap their heads around this strange idea, his older sister returns home and drops a bombshell of her own. A comedy about love and marriage today- gay or straight, arranged or not.

    2nd place winner of the 2012 East West Players ‘Face of the Future’ Playwriting Award.

    Production History:
    East West Players, Los Angeles. February 2014. Director: Snehal Desai
    Rasaka Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago, February 2015. Director: Anna Bahow
    EnActe Theatre, Mountain View, CA. February 2016 and June 2017. Director: Ranjita Chakravarthy

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

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  • Friday, June 1, 2018
  • In Love and Warcraft

    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?

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    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.


    Reviews:

    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

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  • Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • See Inside the Lincoln Center Theater Event Raising Visibility for the South Asian Theater Community | Playbill

    See Inside the Lincoln Center Theater Event Raising Visibility for the South Asian Theater Community | Playbill