About the Show
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 in their calculations, which could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences? Queen is a provocative portrayal of brilliant women confronting inconvenient truths.
Presented in partnership with NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company)
“[A] laudatory look at the extraordinary rigor that drives the vast majority of serious scientists.”
Madhuri Shekar is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She was born in California and grew up in India, and is currently based in Jersey City. Madhuri is an alum of the Juilliard Playwriting program, a fellow at New Dramatists, and the 2020 winner of the Lanford Wilson Playwriting award.
Madhuri’s audio play Evil Eye debuted on the Audible best-seller list in May 2019, and won the 2020 Audie Award for Best Original Work. Her play House of Joy received its world premiere at Cal Shakes in August 2019. Madhuri’s new play Dhaba on Devon Avenue was slated to premiere at Victory Gardens in April 2020, and is postponed till we emerge into a new post-pandemic life.
Madhuri’s other plays include Queen (2019 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, Outstanding Original Full Length Script; Edgerton New Play Award), In Love and Warcraft (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award), A Nice Indian Boy, Antigone: Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s, and the TYA play Bucket of Blessings (Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Original Work – TYA).
Madhuri’s plays have also been developed or showcased at Center Theatre Group, the Old Globe, the Kennedy Center, the Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory, the Movement Theater Company, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ma-Yi Theatre, NY Stage & Film, and Juilliard.
Madhuri has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, and a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC. She is an alumna of the Ma-Yi writers lab and the Center Theatre Group Writers Workshop, and a co-creator of the Shakespearean web series, Titus and Dronicus.
Madhuri was a staff writer for the upcoming HBO show The Nevers. She wrote the feature film adaptation of Evil Eye, produced by Blumhouse, and now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Aneesha Kudtarkar is a New York-based theatre director and graduate of the Yale School of Drama. She is a trained Indian Classical (Bharathanatyam) dancer. Her interests include new play development, theatre pedagogy, and the George W. Bush painting collection.
Aneesha was a Drama League Director’s Project Fellow in 2015, and the recipient of the 2019 Kauffman Memorial Prize at Yale.
Recent Projects include Romeo & Juliet (Two River Theater: Tiny Shakes), The Who and The What (TheaterWorks Hartford), Men on Boats (Southern Methodist University), [Veil Widow Conspiracy] (National Asian American Theatre Company), LOCUSTS, Trouble in Mind, The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama), and The Purple Flower (Yale Cabaret).