Arthur Chu On ‘In Love and Warcraft’
“In Love and Warcraft presents the complicated world we live in and the many masks we wear without judgment, asking us simply to empathize with the hard choices the characters make about what to conceal and what to reveal at any moment.
As a gamer I love finally being able to hear terms like “DPS”, “L2P!” and “noob” on a theatrical stage.
But ultimately In Love and Warcraft isn’t about games. It just uses one particular, colorful stage and set of masks–the avatars players assume when they enter the mystic land of Azeroth–to illustrate the eternal challenge of one person, in her time, forced to play many parts.”
In Alliance world premiere, playwright happily digs into worlds of love and dysfunction : ‘I want to make people laugh’ | Encore Atlanta: Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication
Playwriting is a solitary experience for most. Not so much for Love and Warcraft’s Madhuri Shekar.
The winner of the Alliance Theatre’s 2013-14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finds it tough to write a play if she hasn’t talked it out with someone first. Maybe because dialogue is her favorite part.
“I like theater in general,” says Shekar (as in “shaker”). “That experience of sitting with other people, and everyone’s going through it together, and the people you are watching are not just people on a screen who’ve been edited and carefully orchestrated. They’re actual, real people in front of you, and they’re creating stories with their bodies and their voices, and they’re inviting us to use our imaginations to fill in that story with them.”