Award-winning playwright, audio dramatist, and now screenwriter Madhuri Shekar is an alum of Julliard’s playwriting program and has an MFA from USC in Dramatic Writing and a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from USC and the London School of Economics. Madhuri was awarded the 2020 Lanford Wilson Playwriting Award and her audio drama Evil Eye won the 2020 Audie Award for Best Original Work, and now Evil Eye has been turned into a movie for Amazon Prime. Madhuri talks about how she first started writing stories as a child and discusses our shared Bay Area roots; how she felt seen at a performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged); the gift of parental encouragement; the perfection of a scary movie directed by identical twins; the marvel of accurate trailers; huge love for (and the difficulty of achieving) genre tonal shifts; the challenge of performing in empty space; a time to slow down; and the power of theatre and the importance of artist safety. ALSO FEATURING: Our unabridged joy at being a reduced part of Madhuri’s origin story! (Pictured: Madhuri Shekar and Reed Martin at the TCG Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2017.) (Length 22:06)

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  1. Yes. I am Daniel Singer’s mother. I played Ophelia once. I think it was at Fort Mason. The unexpected cue:
    “…even your mother could play this part.”

    After listening to the pod cast, I wrote this to my son:

    Hey Rover,
    Just listened finally to the podcast.
    I did find headphones and “upped” the volume beyond the norm and HEARD everything.

    Why am I crying?

    Guess it is like Laughter Yoga. I start laughing and then I am crying.

    Seriously

    Not serious

    Z’mom

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