Queen

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...
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?
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Queen

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    19 Jan. 2019
    Royally suspenseful! It is rare for me to have such an edge-of-my-seat experience for a science play, and rare for me to care about the love subplot, but I did! Wonderfully done - I am abuzz!
  • Ellen Koivisto:
    5 Jan. 2019
    This is a play about science, not about a famous scientist doing some great man thing but about how science works with, around, and despite the imperfect humans who practice it. Bees are dying due to CCD and neonics are strongly implicated. A research project finds a statistically significant connection and is all set to publish in Nature when the last batch of data gets crunched and throws the analysis off entirely. The question is what to do about the data. Heady stuff, clearly laid out with great characters and insanely high stakes. Strongly strongly recommended!
  • Brayden Frascone:
    1 Jul. 2018
    I had the privilege of seeing Queen at its world premiere production at Victory Gardens and I was so impressed by the intricacies of the story. Madhuri Shekar is definitely a playwright to look out for. I can't wait to read more of her work!

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Ma-Yi Theatre Labfest
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Victory Gardens Theatre, Edgerton New Play workshop
    ,
    2016
  • Residency
    ,
    Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Victory Gardens Theater, Ignition Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Blank Theatre, Living Room Series
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    ,
    2014
  • Workshop
    ,
    Center Theatre Group
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Victory Gardens Theatre
    ,
    2017

Awards

Nomination for Best New Play
,
Jeff Awards
,
2017
Runner Up
,
Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award
,
Kennedy Center
,
2017
Kilroy's List Nominee
,
2017
Winner: Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
,
2016