World Premiere of QUEEN by Madhuri Shekar April 14th

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member

Following the recent SPRING LABFEST reading of one of our newest Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members works, Madhuri Shekar’s play, QUEEN will premiere April 14 – May 14, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. 

The play centers on PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel, who have spent years exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. As the two are finally about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and close friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.

From Broadway World’s recent article, Victory Garden’s Artistic Director Chay Yew says:
“The current conversation around climate change, the disappearance of bees, and our nation’s response to environmental protection continues to be challenging on a daily basis…Playwright Madhuri Shekar has kept this dialogue alive and urgent in the world premiere of Queen. With Madhuri’s signature wit and her uncanny ability to weave a complex yet remarkably insightful story.”

tumblr_omxzsd2BKW1qcwfdlo1_500Madhuri Shekar is a playwright based in New York. Her plays include ‘In Love and Warcraft’, ‘A Nice Indian Boy’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Antigone, presented by the girls of St. Catherine’s’.  She co-created the Shakespearean web series ‘Titus and Dronicus’ (

For a full and updated schedule of performances, special events, post-show discussions and presentations centered on performances of Queen and tickets HERE

More about QUEEN World Premiere:

Broadway World

Time Out

Chicago Sun Times















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