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
“RECOMMENDED Brainy & Entertaining. This timely story about the interplay of science, conscience and the heart offers a most winning test case.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“Awesome! Two powerhouse women fighting convention. QUEEN lifts up women in a way that’s intellectual and passionate.” -PerformInk
“Intriguing, funny, and highly relevant. A cerebral version of the sexual cat-and-mouse games.” -TheaterJones
“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.”/ -ChicagolandTheaterReviews.com
My play QUEEN will have its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago from April 14 – May 14. I’m so excited for this production. Our cast and creative team are *brilliant*. Come see it if you can!
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 Tickets: $15 Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if the ticket price represents a financial hardship.
Friday, March 11, 2016
‘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.
A lovely article on Enacte Arts Inc. that’s producing the Bay Area premiere of ‘A Nice Indian Boy’ this weekend. So happy that this play is in the hands of a really wonderful group of artists. Tickets available here!
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.