Written By: Madhuri Shekar
Directed By: Ranjita Chakravarty
Date and Time:
Jan. 22nd @ 8PM Jan. 23rd @ 2PM & 6PM
Hard on the heels of the latest Supreme Court ruling comes a dramatic comedy about love, marriage and being desi gay.
Keshav and Naveen share all things Indian. Language, food, and upbringing but one member of this romantic couple is blonde blue eyed and Caucasian, making for some awkward and hilarious family dynamics.
My directorial debut with EnActe was tackling a well known story written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and adapting his musical Chitrangada into Chitra – the Warrior Princess. It was a love story between Arjun a legendary hero of the Mahabharata, and Chitra – the princess of Manipur a strong independent woman brought up and trained as a man to fulfill her kingly duties. Even though it was written in 1895, it had a strong modern underlying subtext of gender identity, true love and equality in a relationship.
My 2nd directorial venture with EnActe will be to stage “A nice Indian Boy” written by Madhuri Shekar a young upcoming playwright who grew up in Chennai and in the Bay Area. This play was part of her dissertation at USC and has been the recipient of many awards. This too is a story about gender, identity, race, love and marriage. It is a story of an immigrant Indian family’s struggles with accepting that their son is not only gay but is in love with a A nice indian boy who is not really Indian. This is the story of their daughter who is married to A nice Indian Boy but perhaps is not happy in her marriage. It is the age old story of the expectations of a fairy tale romance and the idea of love.
In the Bay area we are all pretty open and liberal when it comes to gay issues as long as it does not happen in our homes. I want to bring these characters to life with honesty and humor and that is perhaps the best way to break the ice, and hope we can continue this discussion even when it happens in our own homes. So when we say there is an elephant in the room we will only partially refer to the Hindu God Ganesha the remover of all obstacles. Will the obstacles for Naveen , Keshav, Arundhati , Megha and Archit be removed?. Come see the play and decide for yourselves. This is my first attempt at directing a dramedy. I seek your blessings and that of Ganesh to do justice to this serious issue with humor and honesty
Meet playwright Madhuri Shekar
Madhuri Shekar is a Los Angeles-based playwright whose plays include In Love and Warcraft (2013/14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award; pub: Samuel French) and A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre). Her plays have been produced, commissioned or developed at the Alliance Theatre, the Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, Victory Gardens, the Kennedy Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC. She is an artistic producer of the L.A.-based comedic ensemble company Better Than Shakespeare, and is a co-creator of their upcoming web series ‘Titus and Dronicus‘.
Prior to her MFA, Madhuri received an MSc/MA in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC. She consults in social media, content creation, and arts marketing.
Meet Madhuri Shekar