• 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

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • Press and production photos for QUEEN!

    “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

    Priya Mohanty is a scientist, and she plays one in QUEEN at Victory Gardens Theater
    Chicago Tribune

    Victory Gardens Theater Hosts Special Earth Day Celebration Surrounding the World Premiere of QUEEN
    BroadwayWorld

    To Bee Or Not to Bee Friends? Scientists Question Their Working Relationship In ‘Queen’
    Rebellious Magazine

    ‘Queen’ Premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater (VIDEO)
    Playwright Madhuri Shekar visits CBS 2 to discuss the world premiere of ‘Queen.’
    CBS Chicago

    Drama! Music! Dissident Art! Aerialists! The Best Events in Chicago (Week of 4/13)
    Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016
  • QUEEN at Victory Gardens, New York and Hedgebrook

    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.

    Check out the announcements in Time Out, American Theatre Magazine and Chicago Sun-Times.


    I moved to New York at the beginning of April with my wonderful boyfriend and it’s been a time of serious change.

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    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. 

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    Up next:

    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 rsvp@hedgebrook.org if the ticket price represents a financial hardship.

  • 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. 

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    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)

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    So great. I love it.

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Beyond ‘culture in a silo’

    Beyond ‘culture in a silo’

  • 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.

  • 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! 

  • Friday, February 28, 2014
  • February

    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.

    Press pieces:

    dailytrojan.com/2014/02/25/new-play-addresses-modern-marriage/

    www.lamag.com/laculture/culturefilesblog/2014/02/27/a-gay-hindu-wedding-east-west-players-brings-family-drama-onstage

    www.stagescenela.com/2014/02/a-nice-indian-boy

    In Love and Warcraft opened, and closed. What more is there to say about this play, except that it was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.

    I got to be on NPR (!!!!!!!!): http://wabe.org/post/love-and-warcraft-levels-alliance

    And a BUNCH of my friends flew to Atlanta to see it.

    My friend Nahal Navidar said, “This month, it’s almost like you’re getting married. Only, it’s better, because you actually did something.”

    This month did feel like the best celebration. I got to see so many of the people I loved, at the same time and place, celebrating these stories together. I can’t ask for anything more.