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.
It’s election day and I woke up to vote when the polls opened at 6am, so I have a little time to post an update of my latest theatre news.
This past weekend (Nov 4-6), In Love and Warcraft opened in Tulsa, OK (Heller Theatre Company) and also had its professional London premiere! ILAW opened at Theatre N16 in London on Sunday, Nov 6, produced by What a Nice Production company. It also happened to have a closing at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.
With those productions, ILAW is now between 12-14 productions, depending on how you count them. This is truly stunning and so unexpected and amazing. I’m just thrilled that this play has had a life and I hope hope hope that it continues to do so.
And more news! A Bucket of Blessings, my first TVYA play, or play for babies, won a Suzi Bass Award last night. The Suzis are Atlanta’s theatre awards. I loved working on this play so much. Grateful to our director Rosemary Newcott and everyone at the Alliance Theatre for giving me yet another incredible opportunity to make something I can be proud of, with people I adore.
I’m quoted in this wonderful American Theatre Magazine article about the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda playwriting contest. The Kendeda kickstarted my career and gave ‘In Love and Warcraft’ the success that it’s enjoying right now. The Alliance is maybe my second home, and I am so lucky to count Celise Kalke as a friend and mentor.
“Celise and Susan have welcomed me into the Alliance family in the most amazing way,” Shekar said. “I call the Alliance my own personal Disneyland, because the people there have been just that wonderful to me.”
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Workshopping ‘A Bucket of Blessings’. Opening at the Alliance Theatre January 12!
Sunday, January 3, 2016
First rehearsal of 2016! #abucketofblessings #alliancetheatre #tvy #tvya #babytheatre #rehearsal #newplay (at Alliance Theatre)
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
My current project – A Bucket of Blessings at the Alliance Theatre. My third production at the Alliance in 3 years and my second commission, and possibly my most fun. Possibly. Running at the Alliance Jan 12-Feb 14. More info at alliancetheatre.org/production/bucket-blessings.
Oh my God Ganesha, February is almost over. Two play openings in one month. Two production experiences compressed over 7 weeks. I still feel like I’ve been struck by a battering ram, it might take me the weekend to recover. And I’m too tired to type right now, but here’s what I need to record.
A Nice Indian Boy opened last night. Was overwhelmed by the genuinely lovely conversations I had with board members and audience members after the show during dinner. This play is out into the world. Let’s see what happens.