“Riotously funny… hilarious script… the perfect holiday show… (for) those who crave a rowdier and more up-to-date form of entertainment!” -George Haymont, My Cultural Landscape

Bay Area Premiere – Now extended until 12/19!

In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar 

Directed by James Nelson

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Nov 12- Dec 12 19

Evie Malone- gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin- has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Word of 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.

Well, that’s what she thinks… until she actually falls for a guy. In Real Life. And 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.

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.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Read More

About The Cast

Monica Ho (Evie) is elated to be working with Custom Made Theatre Company for In Love and Warcraft! She was last seen performing as Sadako in Crane with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company. Other roles include Bianca in Taming of the Shrew with SF Shakes, Antonia in Don Quixote with Marin Shakespeare Company, and Margot in SHINER with FaultLine Theater Company, for which she is TBA Awards Finalist. Monica is a graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory and a member of the 2014 TBA ATLAS program.

Ed Berkeley (Raul) is all the way from the East Coast (New England) trying to make a splash in the Bay Area. He is young, passionate, hard working and eager to get his hands on any and every opportunity the Bay has to offer. This will be the sixth production that Ed has had the pleasure to be apart of, and he is ready to get this one of it’s feet and into the hearts and minds of the Bay Area Audience Laura Espino (Kitty) is a San Francisco native attending preschool through college in the city. She lived in the United Kingdom for 2 years to further her legal education (in Criminology), and life experiences in travel. Laura has been performing since childhood, starting out as a company member of the San Francisco Young People’s Musical Theatre Company in the 1990s. She is excited to work on In Love & Warcraft, which marks her first Custom Made production. This past year Laura appeared in various South Bay, East Bay, and North Bay productions including: Exit, Pursued By A Bear (Sweetheart); M. Butterfly (Renee/Girl); Panhandle (Clara); Leading Ladies (Audrey). Other recent credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Spring Awakening and City of Angels. She is a YouthAware Actor at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. Laura lives in San Francisco with her partner in crime: 4 yr. old daughter, Eva. Amanda Farbstein (Woman) is a Bay Area native, and is thrilled to now work in the vibrant Bay Area theatre community. She has performed with FaultLine Theater, SF Playwright’s Center, Broadway by the Bay, PCPA Theatrefest, Summer Repertory Theatre, Notre Dame de Namur University and Hillbarn Theatre. Some favorite roles include Judy Haynes (White Christmas), Ilse (Spring Awakening), Persephone (Trailer Park Gods), Joanna (Noel Coward’s Present Laughter), and Gower (Pericles). She teaches tap dancing at both Dance Arts Center and the Musical Theatre Conservatory, and she choreographs for young adult musicals. She holds an English degree from Westmont College and is a proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Her experience with video games extends to Super Mario and King Kong in elementary school. Sal Mattos (Man) is an San Francisco born and raised actor and writer. He most recently appeared in New Conservatory Theatre Center’s production of From White Plains, and before that Custom Made Theatre Co.’s production of Slaughterhouse Five. Other credits include Why Torture is Wrong… (Custom Made), The Laramie Project (NCTC), Country Club Catastrophe (Back Alley), Dracula (SHCPTC), and Hideo: A Theatrical Concert (Four Lights). When not acting he is an aspiring stage, film, television, games, and comics writer, as well as a freelance blogger having written for Theatre Bay Area, Team Backpack, Gamezone, Kinky, andGayGamer.net which he also manages. Follow him on twitter @salmattos and say hello. Drew Reitz (Ryan) is excited for his Custom Made debut! He was recently seen as Halberstam in The Columnist with Dragon Productions. Bay Area credits include Take Me Out (Jason), Harvey (Wilson), Wonder of the World (Kip), The Unmentionables (Don), and Avenue Q (Brian). He holds B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University. Drew is a proud alum and counselor of the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp. Before IL&W, you can see him as Peter in the world premiere of The Walls of Jericho at The Pear Theater.

About the Playwright
Madhuri Shekar is a Los Angeles-based playwright whose plays include – In Love and Warcraft (Alliance Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, and others) and A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre). She 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 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.

a WoW of a theatrical experience!

Bay Area Premiere!

Winner of the Alliance/Kendeda MFA Playwriting Award!

Nov 12-Dec 12 Wed 7:30; Thurs-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm Custom Made Theatre 533 Sutter St @ Powell Union Square

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