• Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • EVIL EYE on Audible

    It’s Mother’s Day, and EVIL EYE is an Audible best-seller!

    This play is a commission from the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, and my first attempt in the audio/radio play format. Inspired by my daily phone calls with my mother, and the darkest, weirdest parts of my brain, this play was one of the most psychologically agonizing things I’ve ever written, AND the most fun. At the same time.

    3000+ ratings and a 4.6 score on Audible! It debuted at #5 on the Audible best-seller list. Read the reviews if you need any convincing to check it out 🙂

    About This Audible Original

    Usha is convinced that the Evil Eye, a curse that brings continuous misfortune, was cast upon her daughter, Pallavi, in the womb. What else could have possibly left her driven, career-oriented daughter edging closer and closer to 30 without a prospective husband? Determined to set Pallavi on the right path, Usha arranges date after date with potential suitors—but after yet another setup fails, it seems her efforts are proving fruitless. But in an unexpected turn of events, Pallavi becomes her own matchmaker when she meets—and quickly falls for—Sandeep, a young Indian-American entrepreneur. And though she expects her mother will be elated with her finally finding a man, Pallavi is distraught and confused to find her mother growing increasingly suspicious of Sandeep’s motives…and his true identity.

    Told through a series of phone calls and voicemails, this Audible Original penned by award-winning rising star playwright Madhuri Shekar transitions seamlessly from a light-hearted family dramedy to an unexpectedly supernatural thriller. With an endearing cast of well-rounded characters, sharp, natural dialogue, and a shocking edge-of-your-seat climax, Evil Eye is a can’t-miss tale about cultural miscommunications, family secrets, and the lingering echoes of trauma.

    Evil Eye is an Audible Theater Emerging Playwrights Commission.

    Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

    Produced by Emilia LaPenta

    Audio Engineering and Design: Alex Trajano

    Cast: Rita Wolf, Annapurna Sriram, Bernie White, Nick Choksi, Harsh Nayyar

    Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of abuse and violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.

  • Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • QUEEN @ APAC, New York

    New York Premiere; Jan 31-Feb 16.

    Directed by J. Mehr Kaur
    Cast: Mahima Saigal, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Ezra Barnes and Kabir Chopra

    Creative Team:
    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

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Los Angeles: MONKEY LOVE at Sacred Fools

    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.
    RSVP here

    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.

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Evil Eye

    Full length: 2F, 3M (with doubling)

    Evil Eye is a chilling new audio play available for download on Audible. Originally commissioned by Audible as part of their inaugural audio theater project.

    Usha and her daughter Pallavi talk on the phone, long-distance, almost every single day, and Usha’s dearest wish is to see Pallavi get married. But when Pallavi starts dating a man who couldn’t be more perfect, Usha can’t shake the feeling that something is off about this young man. Something sinister. Something too frightening to even be real. But who’s going to believe her?

    Audible production directed  by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

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

  • 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

    Reviews, Press & Other Updates

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • BIG NEWS!

    Victory Gardens’ new season will include plays by Paula Vogel, Ike Holter and Madhuri Shekar 

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    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.