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
WE GRADUATED TODAY.
Behold the Juilliard playwriting fellows, class of 2018. ❤️❤️❤️
Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Jenny Rachel Weiner, Krista Knight, Jonathan Payne, and me. So proud and happy to know these humans.
So so so so happy to share that I’m coming back to Chicago with a new play at Victory Gardens, premiering June 2019, directed by Chay Yew himself! (!!!!!!!) And I get to share the season with some of the best plays and playwrights in America today. I can’t believe it.
Thrilled to be part of the 2018-2019 Ars Nova Play Group with these wonderful writers. A place to write and work for the next two years. So excited to see what we create.
On Thursday, Jan 25, come see a reading of HOUSE OF JOY by New York Stage and Film, as part of their Winter Season! Directed by Zi Alikhan and featuring this incredible cast – MaYaa Boateng, Mahira Kakkar, Sathya Sridharan, Jihae Park, Deepa Purohit, Rasha Zamamiri and Ian Fields Stewart.
And for an evening of fun and new and inventive short sci-fi plays, come join us at NY MADNESS on Sunday, Jan 28, at 8pm. USE code NYMFRIENDS for $5 tix!!
Alliance Theatre, photo by Casey Gardner
One-act (90 minutes). 6f, 1m
The St. Catherine’s drama club is struggling to put up its first school play – Sophocles’ Antigone. As if staging this tragedy in an all girls’ Catholic school isn’t challenging enough, the cast’s beloved director ends up betraying them in an unforgivable way. And it’s almost opening night! The actors must then figure out the right course of action, all while rehearsing the classic play about impossibly difficult choices. What is the right thing to do? And must the show go on?
Commissioned by the Alliance Theatre for their Teen Ensemble Arts program.
World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre, April 30 – May 9 2015. Director: Laura Hackman
Script Inquiries: Beth Blickers, email@example.com