‘HOUSE OF JOY’ workshop at Juilliard, September 2017!
Brainy & Entertaining. This timely story about the interplay of science, conscience and the heart offers a most winning test case.”
“Awesome! Two powerhouse women fighting convention. QUEEN lifts up women in a way that’s intellectual and passionate.”
“Intriguing, funny, and highly relevant. A cerebral version of the sexual cat-and-mouse games.”
“Engrossing. An excellent quartet of players… who give performances of conviction and realism. QUEEN should go forth into the regional theatre world as a popular selection.”/
‘Queen’ Premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater (VIDEO)
Playwright Madhuri Shekar visits CBS 2 to discuss the world premiere of ‘Queen.’
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We are nearing the end of previews for QUEEN at Victory Gardens – here’s a round-up of early press before we open tomorrow night!
Mohanty says she’s received more rejections in the last two years of acting than she has, cumulatively, in the rest of her entire life. Throughout “Queen,” Sanam faces similar uncertainty. There’s her imperfect model, friendship and potential romance, all progressing and regressing on their own time. But she finds the humor in all its unpredictability.
“I saw Priya’s audition tapes and I was like, oh my God, she’s so funny,” says playwright Shekar. “And immediately I was like yes, yes, yes, this character’s very funny. An utterly guileless but very confident woman. There’s something about that combination that’s endearing.”
CBS 2 Morning News: ‘Queen’ Premiere At Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater
I did a morning show interview about the play! My first Live TV thing.
While the fictional camaraderie on stage is at risk, real life bonds have formed off stage. [Director Joanie] Schultz describes her experience with Madhuri as “so much fun because we’ve been able to share stories about the friendships we’ve had. Then there’s our fantastic female actors…[and] Chelsea Warren (scenic design), Heather Gilbert (lighting design), and Janice Pytel (costume design)…Their perspective has been vital to how we’ve conceived the onstage life of this play…Madhuri does a beautiful job fleshing out the unique friendship between women who work together.”
QUEEN runs at Victory Gardens till May 14!
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.
(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.
Long overdue updates, because my life turned inside out and sideways these past two months.
It’s official – my play QUEEN will get its world premiere at Victory Gardens in March-April 2017, directed by the brilliant Joanie Schultz! The play has been developed at the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, the API 2×2 lab at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series and currently – as I type this! – at the Hedgebrook writer’s retreat in Washington.
I moved to New York at the beginning of April with my wonderful boyfriend and it’s been a time of serious change.
And with amazing timing, I’ve been ridiculously fortunate enough to be part of the Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival at Whidbey Island. Truly, I can’t think too much about where I am right now without getting emotional. 2 weeks of being housed and fed in astonishingly beautiful conditions with incredible food, and incredible company, with my only responsibilities towards my writing and my own well being. I was desperately in need of this forced break from real life, from the internet (more or less) – this immersion back into my plays. This nurture, care and agency. Hedgebrook will stay with me forever.
SEATTLE: Readings from works in progress by the 2016 Hedgebrook Playwrights: Kristiana Rae Colón, Virginia Grise, Dawn Renee Jones, Regina Taylor – and me!
When: Monday, May 16 at 7:00 PM
Where: Seattle Repertory Theatre | 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if the ticket price represents a financial hardship.
‘In Love and Wacraft’ at Texas Woman’s University, Feb. 24-28, 2016. Such a cute cast. And they cut together this lovely trailer as well.
In Love and Warcraft just had its FIRST international production in Edinburgh, Scotland! So exciting. Produced by Beam Theatre and directed by Andra Roston.
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)
So great. I love it.