Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to explore the many facets of womanhood. Her full-length plays have been featured with The National New Play Network (NNPN) in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016. She was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival in 2017, received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award, and was the runner-up for the 2018 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award. Her play, TIGHT END received its world premiere with 20% Theatre Company Chicago and will receive its regional premiere with Majestic Rep Theatre in Las Vegas. Rachel’s other full-length plays have been workshopped with Chicago companies like Cock and Bull Theatre, the Women’s Theatre Alliance, and the Chicago Dramatists. Her play THE BIG FUCKIN’ GIANT was featured in a workshop with Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming for their Playwrights’ Voiced Festival. Rachel’s ten-minute plays have been produced in the Midwest and West Coast including Renaissance Theaterworks, Fury Theatre, Arc Theatre, Commedia Beauregard, San Diego Theatre Lab, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Company. She is also published in RiverSedge Arts and Literary Journal.
Rachel is a playwriting affiliate with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA from Ohio University.
NOTE FROM PLAYWRIGHT
I write for my younger self: my childhood, my adolescence, and all the heightened teenaged anxiety and gross/beautiful puberty driven moments.
I write for my mom: her dreams, her past, who she was, who she is, who she will become.
I write for new mothers: single mothers, working mothers, the bravest, the strongest, and most loving among us.
I write for middle class women: working class women, minimum-wage women, working paycheck-to-paycheck only to wake up and do it all over again women.
I write for anyone who is considered “the other” by society. I might not have lived their specific experience but I can write to: understand, believe, support, listen.
I write for women because sometimes being a woman can be the loneliest experience of your life.
My plays seek to answer the question, “How do you build a woman?” Prompted by Simone de Beauvoir and her statement, “One is not born, but rather, becomes a woman,” I look inside of my female body and see my heart, guts, and blood. These are my writing tools. I have difficulty separating my writing from my womanhood. With every social injustice against my gender that is smeared across headlines, I feel the anger inside of me explode releasing my heart, guts, and blood to drown the pages of what will become my next play.
My plays explore the many facets of womanhood and raise awareness to social issues. I find myself analyzing male/female power dynamics, male privilege, and gender roles. The question, “What does it mean to be a woman,” haunts my characters.
My womanhood, anger, and playwriting are tangled together in these knots of words I call my plays.
LIST OF PLAYS
A list of Rachel’s plays are available at:
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|Source Title||Author||Description||Free sample|
|REV - Aston||Rachel Bykowski||
Aston tries to convince Lucky not to give up on her dreams.
|TIGHT END - Ash||Rachel Bykowski||
Ash Miller, the starting tight end for her high school football team, prepares for the homecoming game against the school’s biggest rival.