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In Love and Warcraft

Christian Milanovic, Melissa Radford, Helana Marks, J. Wes Secord

Left to right: Christian Milanovic, Melissa Radford, Helana Marks, J. Wes Secord.

by Madhuri Shekar
directed by Sabrina Clark
March 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20, 7:30 p.m.
March 21, 2:00 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

Evie Malone—gamer girl, college senior, and confirmed virgin—has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend; she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks.

“In Love and Warcraft is a fresh look at the strange social behaviors spawned by Internet culture, where love and loneliness spar like the masters and the monsters of the universe.”

- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Well, that's what she thinks...until she actually falls for a guy. In real life. No amount of gaming expertise will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real, and incredibly cute boyfriend, who wants more from her than she's willing to give.

Helana Marks and Jing Wu

Helana Marks (left) and Jing Wu.

Evie's friend Kitty, whose level of interest in sex is roughly the opposite of Evie's, tries to provide her with helpful advice—not always successfully. In Love and Warcraft is lighthearted, but while the play pokes fun at
Colin Doyle and Lisa Murphy

Colin Doyle (left) and Lisa Murphy.

the video game industry, Evie learns a few life lessons.

Developed at The National New Play Network MFA Playwrights Workshop, In Love and Warcraft had its first professional productions in 2015.

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Madhuri Shekar

Madhuri Shekar

Madhuri Shekar was born in California and grew up in India, and after a couple of quick detours in Singapore and London, made her first grown-up home in Los Angeles.

Her play Queen had its world premiere in April 2017 at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Play and made the 2017 Kilroy’s List. She is the 2013/14 winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting contest held by the Alliance Theatre for In Love and Warcraft, which The Alliance Theatre produced, followed by two further plays—Bucket of Blessings and Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s. Other plays include A Nice Indian Boy and House of Joy.

We would like to acknowledge that this production takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. We honour and give thanks to the land, its inhabitants and their enduring cultures.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay or Android Pay) on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.


Interview on Cogeco TV
Madhuri Shekar website
Interview with Madhuri Shekar
Chicago Tribune review