• 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?

    Buy now on Samuel French

    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

    Reviews, Press & Other Updates

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  • A little update of good things before whatever happens, happens today.

    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.

    image
    image

    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.

    (Also, if you want to buy it and read it, you can: http://bit.ly/InLoveandWarcraft)


    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.

    image
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • playbill:

    “I’m just stunned,” said store vice president Allen Hubby. “Business is up 50 percent in-store and mail orders are up 200 percent, all because of Lin-Manuel.”

    Drama Book Shop Burst-Pipe Disaster Turns Into a Windfall; Benefit Concert Planned

    If you’re supporting the Drama Book Shop, which you should, I recommend supporting it with my play! I think you’ll like it. In Love and Warcraft is available online and on its shelves now.

  • Sunday, February 7, 2016
  • ‘In Love and Warcraft’ in Scotland!

    In Love and Warcraft just had its FIRST international production in Edinburgh, Scotland! So exciting. Produced by Beam Theatre and directed by Andra Roston. 

    image

    Cast interviews on Beam Theatre’s YouTube Channel. (Those accents!!)

    A couple of reviews:

    In Review: In Love And Warcraft (DownTheTubes.net)

    In Love and Warcraft (AllEdinburghTheatre.com)

    Some press (before opening). (Edinburgh News)

    image

    So great. I love it.

  • Monday, December 14, 2015
  • A bit delayed, but I got to go up to San Francisco to see Custom Made Theatre’s Bay Area premiere of ‘In Love and Warcraft’ during Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s a little bit of me answering a question during the Q&A – “Are you a gamer?”

    The production has been extended through Dec 17 so one weekend left! 

  • Monday, October 26, 2015
  • This might be In Love and Warcraft’s first fan creation! Nicholas Pilapil and Michael Barnum from the Los Angeles production of ILAW co-wrote a song inspired by the play. “Evie” from Raul’s perspective. Can’t wait for the official single to drop.

  • Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • I’m so proud to have written this ridiculous show. IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT opens tonight in Los Angeles, its fourth production and West Coast premiere. 

    Directed by Alejandra Cisneros
    September 19 – October 11, 2015

    Photo by M Palma Photography

    WATCH THE PROMO: https://youtu.be/yWyWRGH5C-k
    BUY YOUR TICKETS: http://bit.ly/AAPWarcraft
    #AAPLoveWarcraft