IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT (West Coast Premiere)

Artists at Play is proud to present our 2015 fall production, the West Coast premiere of In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar, directed by Alejandra Cisneros. Currently running at the Los Angeles Theatre Center until October 11!

A delightful intersection of humor, love and subculture, In Love and Warcraft offers a fresh comedic look at the collision between online gaming and In Real Life (IRL) relationships. Evie is a gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin who has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed things up with their IRL partners. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks... or is it?

Madhuri Shekar, playwright
Madhuri Shekar was the 2013/14 winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award and an alumnus of the 2013/14 Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop. She has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, and the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Her plays include In Love and Warcraft (Alliance Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, and others) and A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre) and her work has been showcased or developed at the Kennedy Center, the Alliance Theatre, the Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC.

She is an artistic producer of the Los Angeles-based comedic ensemble company Better Than Shakespeare, and is a co-creator of their upcoming web series "Titus and Dronicus."

Alejandra Cisneros, director
Alejandra Cisneros is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. She directs and produces Los Angeles-based theatre, including the cult classic superhero series El Verde!, which has toured throughout Southern California. Recent credits include El Verde!, The Wrath of Kahlo at Inner-City Arts, Los Vampiros del Norte at East LA Rep, and For One Mariachi for Meet Me at Metro. She is an alumnus of Director’s Lab West, a Directing FAIR Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color Recipient.

Artists at Play is thrilled to share this work by emerging young playwright Madhuri Shekar, with director Alejandra Cisneros bringing her geek/comic sensibility to the production. Join us at the LATC for In Love and Warcraft!

Previews: September 17 & 18 
Opening: September 19 
Closing: October 11 
Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm 

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