Emma S. Rund

Emma S. Rund

BS in theatrical studies, playwriting/dramaturgy from Ball State University

Royalties for all plays can be negotiated.
Contact: emmarund@gmail.com

Plays

  • Katalin Karikó: The Woman Who Saved the World from COVID-19
    In 1989, after immigrating from Hungary and searching for four years for her dream job as a scientist in the U.S., Dr. Katalin Kariko begins work as a research assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Here Katalin submits her first grant application proposing work to establish mRNA-based gene therapy.

    Seven applicants applied for six grants, and Katalin is the one rejected....
    In 1989, after immigrating from Hungary and searching for four years for her dream job as a scientist in the U.S., Dr. Katalin Kariko begins work as a research assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Here Katalin submits her first grant application proposing work to establish mRNA-based gene therapy.

    Seven applicants applied for six grants, and Katalin is the one rejected.

    This is just the first of many rejections, and Katalin will spend the next couple of decades fighting for the ear of the scientific community.

    Katalin imagines a future where mRNA is used to create insulin for diabetics, fight cancer cells, and even extend the life span of human cells. What Katalin doesn’t imagine, is that in a little more than 20 years, a virus will sweep the globe, wiping out over 3 million people, and her mRNA discovery will be used in the vaccines that will save several million lives.

    This play will follow Katalin through her 30 years of fighting for the chance to make a difference. No one believes in her mRNA-based gene therapy. No one will publish her papers or give her the grant money she needs, until she becomes the unlikely hero of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we’re listening.

    I hope this play will inspire young scientists and spark the possibility of change in those who don’t believe in the safety or efficacy of the vaccine.
  • To Fix a Dinosaur
    Two strangers running from their realities collide in a hospital stairwell. A lovingly constructed Lego dinosaur crashes to the ground between them and shatters. Can they fix the dinosaur, and in doing so, can they help each other turn and face their fears?
  • Rosemary & Time
    Rosemary & Time is the story of a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s. When her daughters come home for Thanksgiving she is forced to face the fact that she is losing her grip on reality. Experiencing Act 1 from Rosemary’s perspective, the audience goes along for the ride as she forgets recipes, names, and faces. Rosemary will eventually have to ask herself, is she made up of her memories or is...
    Rosemary & Time is the story of a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s. When her daughters come home for Thanksgiving she is forced to face the fact that she is losing her grip on reality. Experiencing Act 1 from Rosemary’s perspective, the audience goes along for the ride as she forgets recipes, names, and faces. Rosemary will eventually have to ask herself, is she made up of her memories or is she still herself when all her memories are gone? When the time comes, will Rosemary be able to let go?
  • Personal Library
    Have you ever wanted to escape from the real world for a while by diving into a story? Megan does it all the time. In fact, she never leaves her house, living vicariously through books and speaking only to her best friend, Claire. When her concerned ex-boyfriend shows up at the door, he unearths the trauma that forced Megan inside in the first place. Over the course of the play, she has to navigate that...
    Have you ever wanted to escape from the real world for a while by diving into a story? Megan does it all the time. In fact, she never leaves her house, living vicariously through books and speaking only to her best friend, Claire. When her concerned ex-boyfriend shows up at the door, he unearths the trauma that forced Megan inside in the first place. Over the course of the play, she has to navigate that frightening place between reality and fantasy to find a way to survive in the real world.

    With Jonah back in her life, Megan's escapes into her fantasy worlds are getting darker. Captain, the monster from her past, is showing up more and more frequently, and she's powerless to stop him. Claire and Jonah are trying to introduce her back into the outside world, but ulterior motives lead them to push too hard too fast. The results might be catastrophic.
  • The Bushwick Girls
    The Bushwick Girls intermingles stories of immigration in 1949 and 2017 to explore the meaning of home and family.

    In 2017, a young Dreamer, Gabriella, and her unlikely friend, her landlady, stumble upon an old wooden box filled with bits and bobs from a young woman who lived in their house back in 1949. Gabriella embarks on a journey into the past where we meet three young migrant women from...
    The Bushwick Girls intermingles stories of immigration in 1949 and 2017 to explore the meaning of home and family.

    In 2017, a young Dreamer, Gabriella, and her unlikely friend, her landlady, stumble upon an old wooden box filled with bits and bobs from a young woman who lived in their house back in 1949. Gabriella embarks on a journey into the past where we meet three young migrant women from completely different backgrounds who are quickly presented with terrifying news: the house they currently live in is being repossessed by the bank. These young women overcome their differences to fight for the house that has become their home.
  • On The Tracks
    Sadie, a recent college graduate, stepped right on the dating train as soon as she arrived in Chicago, and she quickly learned a few things: the train moves fast, it stops often, and if you’re not holding onto something it will knock you on your ass. After a particularly terrible date, Sadie confides in a stranger across the tracks. As she reflects on the past year of terrible and wonderful dates, Sadie might...
    Sadie, a recent college graduate, stepped right on the dating train as soon as she arrived in Chicago, and she quickly learned a few things: the train moves fast, it stops often, and if you’re not holding onto something it will knock you on your ass. After a particularly terrible date, Sadie confides in a stranger across the tracks. As she reflects on the past year of terrible and wonderful dates, Sadie might learn more about herself than she bargained for.
  • The Goddess and The Girl
    Robyn sits alone in her room after the worst has just happened. Three figures from Greek mythology, Persephone, Artemis, and Daphne, appear to her and help her deal with the aftermath of her sexual assault because nobody understands it better than women in Greek mythology.
  • My Big Brother Fights Monsters
    My Big Brother Fights Monsters is an autobiographical one-woman show that explores the meaning the playwright's dead brother's childhood possessions hold for her. Why do we assign such deep meaning to objects, if they do not and can never add up to the people or memories we lost? Should we keep only the things that spark joy, as decluttering guru, Marie Kondo suggests, or is there more to it? In the...
    My Big Brother Fights Monsters is an autobiographical one-woman show that explores the meaning the playwright's dead brother's childhood possessions hold for her. Why do we assign such deep meaning to objects, if they do not and can never add up to the people or memories we lost? Should we keep only the things that spark joy, as decluttering guru, Marie Kondo suggests, or is there more to it? In the piece, the playwright almost literally steps into her brother's shoes to become him onstage and interact with her childhood self.
  • It All Comes Out
    Margaret Howard is 23 years old, living on her own in Perth, Australia. Back home in Indiana her mother, Beth, tends to her home, her husband and her faith. Maggie and Beth maintain their relationship over the phone, but Maggie is hiding something. When Maggie meets the love of her life, Rose Curtis, she must finally tell her very Catholic parents that she’s gay. A coming out story with a twist, It All Comes...
    Margaret Howard is 23 years old, living on her own in Perth, Australia. Back home in Indiana her mother, Beth, tends to her home, her husband and her faith. Maggie and Beth maintain their relationship over the phone, but Maggie is hiding something. When Maggie meets the love of her life, Rose Curtis, she must finally tell her very Catholic parents that she’s gay. A coming out story with a twist, It All Comes Out is about love, religion, and forgiveness. What comes first: religion or family, and what happens when you and your loved ones disagree? A stage split between their two living rooms provides a window into the beginning of a new relationship, and the possible end of an old one.
  • Make America Super
    Two women meet at the bus stop on the morning after the election, and they discover they both woke up with superpowers.
  • Spare Tire
    A blown tire. A lonely country road. Five best friends, and one of them is a murderer. On their way to festivities and fun on fall break, these five friends blow a tire and find themselves stranded. While one friend calls for help, another drops dead. The remaining four are forced to navigate these terrifying questions head on: Do you know your friends as well as you think you do? What happens when something...
    A blown tire. A lonely country road. Five best friends, and one of them is a murderer. On their way to festivities and fun on fall break, these five friends blow a tire and find themselves stranded. While one friend calls for help, another drops dead. The remaining four are forced to navigate these terrifying questions head on: Do you know your friends as well as you think you do? What happens when something snaps? Where is the line between ambition and insanity?
  • Two Mermaids in a Catholic Bathroom
    Best friends, Abby and Eleanor, discover maybe they’re more than friends in the bathroom of their Catholic high school.
  • Dancing Light in a Night Sky
    Sam and Georgia are on the romantic adventure of a lifetime to see the northern lights, but due to a housing mix-up, they end up sharing a tent with a third traveler, an old woman named Dee who won’t stop asking questions. Maybe it’s Dee or maybe it’s the miracle of nature, but something gets Georgia thinking. About everything. And she can’t stop.