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The Subtext. Ep.1: Madhuri Shekar

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A podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life’s muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and — ultimately — what makes writers tick. 

In this episode, Brian chats with Madhuri Shekar about how to handle insecurity when your peers succeed, about writing plays from an unfamiliar cultural perspective, and how Brian is more or less responsible for every good thing that’s ever happened in Madhuri’s life.

Madhuri ShekarMadhuri Shekar is a playwright based in Los Angeles. Her plays include IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT (2013/14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award) and A NICE INDIAN BOY. Her plays have been produced or developed at the Alliance Theatre, East West Players, the Center Theatre Group, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, the Kennedy Center, Victory Gardens, Signature Theatre, and the Old Globe. She is a writer and producer of the web series “Titus and Dronicus,” which is set to launch in the fall of 2015. She is a member of Playwrights Union and the Dramatists Guild. MFA: USC.

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Brian James Polak

Brian James Polak

Brian is originally from New Hampshire and he has a tattoo to prove it. Some of his plays have been published in Smith & Kraus anthologies, and his embarrassing childhood poetry has been published in Mortified: Love is a Battlefield. He is a member of The Playwrights Union and received his MFA from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Go to to learn more about his work. Follow him on Twitter @bejaypea.