Rebecca Kane

Rebecca Kane

Rebecca Kane is an Astoria, Queens-based playwright, stage manager, indie theatre producer, merch girl, and oat milk enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in the Rising Sun Performance Company 2019 Laboratorium Residency on Governor’s Island, the Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 readings, and the New York Theatre Festival, among others. In summer of 2019, her parody Almost Maimed performed simultaneously in LadyFest at...
Rebecca Kane is an Astoria, Queens-based playwright, stage manager, indie theatre producer, merch girl, and oat milk enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in the Rising Sun Performance Company 2019 Laboratorium Residency on Governor’s Island, the Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 readings, and the New York Theatre Festival, among others. In summer of 2019, her parody Almost Maimed performed simultaneously in LadyFest at The Tank and in the inaugural season of Rogue Theatre Festival. She’s had two new works appear in CyberTank 2020, The Tank’s virtual 2020 season, one of which, Tight (Haha Nice), was filmed and streamed this past summer in both Orlando Fringe’s DigiFringe and Rogue Theater Festival (Rebecca was a playwright-in-residence at Rogue as well). In 2021, she received a City Artist Corps Grant from the New York Foundation of the Arts for developing a new play. She is a 2020-21 ensemble member of the Rising Sun Performance Company.
Member: Dramatists Guild

Plays

  • A Sign You Were Alive
    In the near future, or maybe right now, Chelsea is infected with something that looks like vampirism, or maybe it just is. Her father pulls out every trick in his dad book – and learns some new ones – to help her get through the trauma and a new life that maybe isn’t what we know of as life at all.

    CONTENT WARNING: mentions of death and illness, a fair amount of handling blood
  • After Hours
    After Hours is about to make their big break by making a song with the marginally more popular band The Intimates. Then the lyricist of After Hours catches the frontman of The Intimates committing a crime—at least, he thinks so. He has one beer-fueled night to figure out if the possible crime is enough to throw away their shot.
  • Almost Maimed
    Almost Maimed is a gruesomely relatable parody about love, loss, and the brutality of ghosting. It's a series of vignettes, centering around losing your heart (literally) in modern romance.
  • The Bomb
    "If a fallout shelter is not available, go as far underground as possible. Bring adequate supplies to your shelter such as food, water, medical supplies, and a battery powered radio. Do not leave your shelter as fallout is deadly."
    ... Should we try to do something?
  • Bulletproof
    P.J. needs a bulletproof idea to save his job. He may have taken this too literally.
  • Chemical Dependencies
    Through the aftermath of 9/11 and their band’s unexpected success, brothers Simon and Johnny struggle with addiction. With fame and depression, alcohol is not the only vice they must overcome, and they eventually find that their relationship might be the most dangerous dependency of all.
  • Crawlspaceblog
    “Before you read any more of this post, I want you to keep something in mind. Above all, you and I, in the end, are not so different.
    Have you ever been at a friend’s house for a dinner party and took a quick peek in the medicine cabinet? Did you pretend you were getting a headache, then not bother to take one of the Advils?
    You’re here because I’m here, and I’m going to do more than open the...
    “Before you read any more of this post, I want you to keep something in mind. Above all, you and I, in the end, are not so different.
    Have you ever been at a friend’s house for a dinner party and took a quick peek in the medicine cabinet? Did you pretend you were getting a headache, then not bother to take one of the Advils?
    You’re here because I’m here, and I’m going to do more than open the medicine cabinet.”

    Meet Claire. She runs a super hip Airbnb for budding writers in a beautiful forest. She gets her coffee from the farmer’s market. She’s a good listener, and she’ll always give you as many extra towels as you need. Then as you’re getting ready for bed that night, she’ll watch you in your most private, mundane moments, and she’ll tell the world all about every little detail on her blog.

    Crawlspaceblog is a new play in development following Claire as she follows her renters, until she gets a special new guest whose unexpected bond with her may threaten more than just her livelihood and her weird little nighttime hobby.
  • Dream Meaning
    Charlotte flips through a book of the meaning of symbols in our dreams, trying to figure out what a frequently occurring umbrella means, and how she can get rid of it. With her sister's help, she quickly figures out that what's tormenting her in the night can't be found in a book.
  • Duet Rehearsal
    Katie and Ainsley stretch for their duet rehearsal. It's just like any other day -- they don't like their costumes, their teacher's on their case, their muscles feel tight. Except lately their teacher has REALLY been on their case in a close, unnerving way. But competition's coming up, and so is a high school dance, and they just can't seem to get the steps right.
  • For Sure Gonna Die
    A monologue about the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety, and Ativan, and how when things aren't in order, you put them in order, and when things aren't in order, you put them in order, and when things aren't in order, you put them in order.
  • Goat Face
    Four former theatre camp friends reunite at a wedding on their former campgrounds, reminiscing on a time when they were the cool kids – until some unexpected ghosts from their past bullying show up to the wedding, too.
  • Ghosts at a Narcan Training
    All Andy wanted was to attend this training he heard might be useful. Unfortunately for him, he arrives and learns that all Molly wanted was closure.
  • Hi Neighbor! [WIP]
    Brian is just trying to have a relaxing night off in front of the T.V., but an overenthusiastic local councilman is pushing for more than just his vote. He just wants to come in and chat about it. It'll only take a minute...
  • I Name You (short version)
    Following a disastrous party and sexual assault, Sophia and Angela have kidnapped a frat boy to get every bit of revenge they could ever dream of, and build the most realistic voodoo doll their teenage dreams have ever seen. When emotions run high, unexpected information is revealed, and the torture begins, their basement turns into a special kind of hell, with each different demon grappling for control.
  • I Name You (full-length)
    Following a disastrous party and sexual assault, Sophia and Angela have kidnapped a frat boy to get every bit of revenge they could ever dream of, and build the most realistic voodoo doll their teenage dreams have ever seen. When emotions run high, unexpected information is revealed, and the torture begins, their basement turns into a special kind of hell, with each different demon grappling for control. In...
    Following a disastrous party and sexual assault, Sophia and Angela have kidnapped a frat boy to get every bit of revenge they could ever dream of, and build the most realistic voodoo doll their teenage dreams have ever seen. When emotions run high, unexpected information is revealed, and the torture begins, their basement turns into a special kind of hell, with each different demon grappling for control. In the full-length version of this story, Sophia and Angela's story is interwoven with other scenes depicting the gray areas of consent. Through the seemingly innocent and everyday settings of a music festival, a dance competition, a high school hallway, and a sleepover, we see moments of sex depicted in the most uncertain, painful, and realistic ways possible.
  • Is Anyone Watching This?
    Gabby is a normal American teenager, TikTok star with one hundred million followers, a Leo, a dancer, an influencer, and also the last human being in existence. #LikeAndSubscribe #HollerIfYouHearMe #BestieAreYouOutThere
  • Just Like Falling
    My family has always had this thing. When we fall in love with someone, we start floating.
  • Killing It [WIP]
    Emerging stand-up comedian Jon is set to be featured in local reporter Rachel’s article about the intersection of comedians and trauma. This breakthrough moment would be scary, but at least he has his best friend and roommate, fellow comedian Andy, to lead him through it and work with him on new jokes. Everything seems to be working out… too bad Andy’s been dead for months.
    [WORK IN PROGRESS]
  • Living Your Best Afterlife Support Group - Online Edition
    When you existed for nine hundred sixty five years before Zoom, virtual versions vampire support groups might take some getting used to.
  • Metal Bird
    Stephanie is a former dancer, married to Raymond, an Oscar-winning director noticeably older than her. Peyton is a punk rocker taking a break from the tour scene in an attempt to conquer the issue of sexual assault at music festivals (and to spend time with her new boyfriend, Travis, an up-and-coming filmmaker, Raymond’s protégé). When Peyton stays at Raymond’s mansion, she finds uncomfortable parallels between...
    Stephanie is a former dancer, married to Raymond, an Oscar-winning director noticeably older than her. Peyton is a punk rocker taking a break from the tour scene in an attempt to conquer the issue of sexual assault at music festivals (and to spend time with her new boyfriend, Travis, an up-and-coming filmmaker, Raymond’s protégé). When Peyton stays at Raymond’s mansion, she finds uncomfortable parallels between their relationships, an unexpected friendship with Stephanie, and a desperate need to escape.
  • Orbit: A Monologue
    Hi, I’m Cynthia, thank you for welcoming me today. Not really used to the whole group therapy atmosphere, do we—do we thank—well, too late, I did.
    When I was thinking of—of her, today—it was when I went out to look at the sun.
  • Safe Walk
    It’s a normal night at University of Central Florida. Too bad that a normal night on campus has necessitated a volunteer-run service called S.A.V.E. to provide young women with a companion to walk them home after dark. Margot requests a volunteer and gets Michael. They don’t seem to have much in common at first -- and then, suddenly, sadly, too many of the same fears.
  • SANTACON 2023
    On the day of SantaCon, a semi-respectable dudebro named Lawrence endeavors to take two friends (of the less respectable variety) on a journey through emotional awareness as they drink their way through every bargain batch of shots they can find in lower Manhattan.

    Along the way we pass by a collection of characters, each dressed in varying takes on Santa outfits -- or something else negatively...
    On the day of SantaCon, a semi-respectable dudebro named Lawrence endeavors to take two friends (of the less respectable variety) on a journey through emotional awareness as they drink their way through every bargain batch of shots they can find in lower Manhattan.

    Along the way we pass by a collection of characters, each dressed in varying takes on Santa outfits -- or something else negatively affected by this unofficial holiday of weekend warriors.
    It's a one-act comedy tackling alcohol abuse and toxic masculinity, but with a hint of love toward SantaCon itself, because let's face it -- even Santas get to cut loose once in a while.

    CONTENT WARNINGS: alcohol consumption and abuse, other drug use, depictions of vomiting
  • The Sign: A Monologue
    A finance bro finds himself lost and injured during an impromptu hiking trip. Faced with just time and quiet, he makes a list of everything he's sorry about it, praying God will just let him #LockIn and #RiseAndGrind one more time...
  • Spotting
    At the last dance competition of the season, three top dancers from Performance Edge dance studio are starting to fall apart. Eileen is ready to break the rules, but her shady decisions may cost her more than just the win. Brendon thinks he has control over his shots at winning, but finds the tables turned in a violent way. Fern is happy dancing, even as anxiety and burnout are just below the surface. When the...
    At the last dance competition of the season, three top dancers from Performance Edge dance studio are starting to fall apart. Eileen is ready to break the rules, but her shady decisions may cost her more than just the win. Brendon thinks he has control over his shots at winning, but finds the tables turned in a violent way. Fern is happy dancing, even as anxiety and burnout are just below the surface. When the adults in their life don't guide these kids the way they should, they choreograph their own way to victory, to disastrous consequences.
  • The Taste Matters Test Kitchen at the End of the World
    Following the 2020 election on an alternate timeline, a group of food influencers (who are DEFINITELY NOT based on the implosion of any real cooking YouTube series) hop on a Zoom call to figure out their next set of recipe tutorials. Though some of them are all too aware of the imminent apocalypse, others are more focused on their subscribers and page views – until the bombs start dropping.
  • Tight (Haha Nice)
    1/3 modern romcom. 1/3 what they didn’t teach you in sex ed. 1/3 kegel jokes.

    “Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles surrounding the entrance to the vagina involuntarily tighten, making penetration impossible or painfully uncomfortable.”
    To you, this might be a collection of words you’re not used to reading, much less saying out loud. To Vaginismus.com, it’s a tagline, a preview of...
    1/3 modern romcom. 1/3 what they didn’t teach you in sex ed. 1/3 kegel jokes.

    “Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles surrounding the entrance to the vagina involuntarily tighten, making penetration impossible or painfully uncomfortable.”
    To you, this might be a collection of words you’re not used to reading, much less saying out loud. To Vaginismus.com, it’s a tagline, a preview of a deeper (pardon the pun) issue. To some women, it’s a very real obstacle to intimacy, in every sense of the word. To this play’s protagonist, it’s just a challenge.

    Brooke has just been given a diagnosis she views as dooming her to a lifetime of painful sex. She’s determined to overcome it, using awkward conversations, dating apps, sex toys, friends with benefits, and an obscene amount of that free lube from Planned Parenthood. It may hurt her every step of the way, but hey! At least she’s getting laid, right?