Stagecraft: Madhuri Shekar, Playwright of “Queen”

The Stagecraft podcast is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of interviews with playwrights (and musical book writers) of shows opening on Broadway and off-Broadway.


Guest: Madhuri Shekar, Playwright of “Queen”

Madhuri Shekar Photo by Ganesh Toasty

Madhuri Shekar

Madhuri Shekar (Playwright) Award-winning plays include Dhaba on Devon Avenue (commissioned by Victory Gardens), House of Joy (California Shakespeare Theatre, San Diego Rep), Queen (Victory Gardens, APAC), A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre Company, EnActe Arts), and In Love and Warcraft, Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s, and Bucket of Blessings all at Alliance Theatre. Madhuri’s best-selling audio drama, Evil Eye, was released as a feature film on Amazon in 2020. She is a staff-writer on Netflix’s “Three-Body Problem.” Madhuri is a New Dramatists Resident Playwright.

NAATCO’s Inaugural Production of the NAATCO National Partnership Project

By Madhuri Shekar
Directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar
Produced by NAATCO
in partnership with Long Wharf Theatre

June 10 – July 1
Mezzanine Theatre, A.R.T./NY
502 West 53rd Street, NYC

starring Stephanie Janssen, Ben Livingston, Keshav Moodliar and Avanthika Srinivasan

Production Stage Manager: Diane Healy
Assistant Stage Manager: Tamar Friedman

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 45 mins. No intermission.

Three researchers on the verge of proving the root cause of bee extinction face a potentially fatal flaw in their model. Careers, politics and ethics collide as they are each faced with a choice between doing what is right or what is good, and must examine what those two things even mean when truth can’t be found in numbers alone.

QUEEN: In conversation with playwright Madhuri Shekar & director Aneesha Kudtarkar

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Jan Simpson is a theater journalist who writes the blog Broadway& Me and hosts the BroadwayRadio podcasts Stagecraft and All The Drama. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

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