Rachael Carnes

Rachael Carnes

As a mom of two teenagers, mostly Rachael drives people places and makes sure that they have granola bars. Professionally, Rachael has spent 20+ years investing in arts integration, through her work in educational arts nonprofits. Carnes is recognized as an international leader in the field of inclusive education, teaching workshops in The Hague, Istanbul and across the U.S., including the Kennedy Center’s...
As a mom of two teenagers, mostly Rachael drives people places and makes sure that they have granola bars. Professionally, Rachael has spent 20+ years investing in arts integration, through her work in educational arts nonprofits. Carnes is recognized as an international leader in the field of inclusive education, teaching workshops in The Hague, Istanbul and across the U.S., including the Kennedy Center’s annual Arts for Learning Institute. She discovered playwriting in 2016 and had her first professional production in 2017. Her work has been accepted to the Inge Festival Play Lab, the Midwestern Dramatist Center Conference and and the Mid-American Theatre Conference. Rachael had nearly 50 professional, university and community productions of her work, across the U.S. and in the U.K., in 2018, with development workshops, performances and staged readings stretching into 2019. She is the coordinator for a group of playwrights dedicated to writing and sharing plays in response to gun violence. And as a professional journalist and editor, Carnes regularly contributes to publications throughout the Northwest. But her children really do not care.

Plays

  • WATERFALL
    One-Minute Play: A friend remembers a victim of gun violence.
  • WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR
    One-Minute Play: A protester speaks.
  • ECHOLOCATION
    One-Minute Play: A female orca whale grieves for a dead child in U.S. custody.
  • SEA CHANGE
    Two-Minute Play: In 1823, Mary Shelley and her four-year-old sail home for England. A widow, she's determined to write.
  • UTØYA
    Two-Minute Play: Four victims of white nationalism meet in the land of the midnight sun.
  • TWO BUNNIES TALKING
    Three-Minute Play: Get-Out-The-Vote play, for two bunnies.
  • BROTHERS
    Two-minute play: A response to gun violence in places of worship.

    Dedicated to the memory of David and Cecil Rosenthal.
  • CURBED
    Three-Minute play: A woman waits for her bus.
  • INCREDIBLY CUTE
    5-Minute Play: A monologue in a box.
  • SUSPENDED ANIMATION
    5-Minute Play: Sleeping Beauty wakes up.
  • THE ARRIVAL OF A TRAIN
    5-Minute Play: From the POV of Jeanne Lumière, sister to the famous Lumière brothers — A commentary on the glut of women who will never EVER be recognized for their effort in art, science, math, etc. — Short-listed by the Women in Film Project, The Female Gaze, London, 2018.
  • SUBDUCTION ZONE
    One-Minute Play: The parents of either the victim, or the perpetrator, of gun violence, receive a phone call.
  • LANTANA
    5-minute Play: Sourced from a publicly-available 9-1-1 call, made November 28, 2017, from a park in Lantana, FL, and the publicly-available online Facebook comments made in response to a news article, months later, referencing its release.

  • ILL COMES FORTH
    5-Minute Play: A monologue channeling '45' through Richard III's usurpation in 1493.
  • LAUDANUM
    10-Minute Play: A commentary on the opioid crisis
  • PARTNER OF —
    10-Minute Play: Monticello, VA, 1787 — 14-year-old Sally Hemings is made ready by her mother and the ghost of her grandmother, to accompany Thomas Jefferson, who is 30 years older than she is, to Paris. Trigger warning: Assault, abuse, rape.

    Thank you to Fade to Black in Houston, TX, for consultation. www.fadetoblackfest.com

  • IN TRAINING
    10-Minute Play: Welcome to the job from hell. A play in the dark.
  • SH*T TRAIN
    10-Minute Play: All aboard.
  • PERMISSION
    10-Minute Play: An intergenerational #MeToo conversation.
  • CONTRAPPOSTO
    10-Minute Play: Venus complains about the male gaze to Botticelli. 1485.
  • RAY'S CANDY STORE
    Ten-Minute Play: In the heart of New York's Alphabet City, Philosopher King Ray dispenses love and wisdom along with egg creams.
  • EVERYBODY HATES MARIAH CAREY
    5-Minute Play: The Holidays can be hard, A Christmas Play.
  • EGG IN SPOON
    10-Minute Play: A not-too-distant future where diseases run wild and women's rights are in question.
  • COMPLIMENTARY WIFI
    10 Minute-Play: A couple assesses their relationship on their 10th anniversary.

    Short-listed, Short & Sweet Sydney, 2019.
  • APEX PREDATOR
    10-Minute Play: At a small campground — Margaret, a field biologist, camps alone.
  • THE ONE ABOUT THE HAMSTER (co-written with Hugh Brinkley)
    10-Minute Play: Gary wakes up to find his hamster missing, and takes an epic journey through career crisis, the audience and into intergalactic space and back again. It’s a hero’s journey, with a hamster.
  • INERTIA
    10-Minute Play: Happy human-sock monkey relationships are all alike; every unhappy human-sock monkey relationship is unhappy in its own way.
  • UNDERFUR (co-written with Hugh Brinkley)
    10-Minute Play: Chauncey — A middle aged British raccoon — Receives a survey from the local municipal court, forcing him to question everything.
  • GREEN BOOTS
    10-Minute Play: At Green Boots, the name given to the unidentified corpse of a climber that’s become a landmark on the main Northwest Ridge route of Mount Everest. An imagined dialogue between Ronald Reagan and writer/advocate Randy Shilts.
  • SHELTER IN PLACE
    10-Minute Play: A response to gun violence — This short piece examines the destructive work of assault rifles against first-hand accounts from the murders at SandyHook.
  • STANDARDS AND PRACTICE
    10-Minute Play: Commentary on those "recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes" — set in 230 B.C.
  • NEWTOWN/LANTANA
    10-Minute Play: A documentary play, sourced verbatim from police reports, public 9-1-1 audio files and social media comments.
  • SHIPWRECK
    10-Minute Play: Weaving together 500-years of separating children from their parents. Set on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • HELPER
    10-Minute Play: Bailey is worried about his/her friend.
  • TV — PHONES — POOL
    10-Minute Play: Walter and Ray prepare for the day ahead.
  • JOIN THE MOVEMENT
    10-Minute Play: Alison reconsiders Julie's invitation to attend a leggings party.
  • ICE FRONT
    10-Minute Play: Set in 2,000 B.C. Babylonia, Oslo in 1940 and the crossing between the U.S. and Canada in 2017, this play follows two lovers and collaborators in the resistance against the Norwegian Nazi occupation, pushing and pulling their tender romance against an ancient story of star-crossed love and the cold reality of subjugation. Elsewhere, modern-day asylum seekers approach the Canadian border,...
    10-Minute Play: Set in 2,000 B.C. Babylonia, Oslo in 1940 and the crossing between the U.S. and Canada in 2017, this play follows two lovers and collaborators in the resistance against the Norwegian Nazi occupation, pushing and pulling their tender romance against an ancient story of star-crossed love and the cold reality of subjugation. Elsewhere, modern-day asylum seekers approach the Canadian border, freezing in the snow. Ice Front is what the occupied Norwegians called their resistance movement. And “ICE” in this country — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — Has come to be epitomize hate and fear. This play is dedicated to refugees — wherever and whenever — they flee from home.
  • CORNUCOPIA
    10-Minute Play: A quiet evening at home, on the eve of Thanksgiving.
  • THE PACT
    10-Minute Play: Two characters — Played by four people — Explore the magical realism that can connect the generations.
  • FOUR POINTS
    10-Minute Play: The indications and contraindications of physical and chemical restraints during the holidays.
  • 91st & POWELL BLVD.
    10-minute play: Written in a tone-poem style.
  • ELEVEN
    10-Minute Play: Tween Ella and her mom both agree — it's just a tough age.
  • CRABS(DOT)COM
    10-Minute Play: Marty helps Cheryl rethink her choices.
  • THE SECRET LIFE OF BIVALVES
    10-Minute Play: What happens in the tide pool stays in the tide pool.
  • THE INVENTION OF PICKLE BALL
    10-Minute Play: An invitation to a naked wedding might be just the spark this couple needs.
  • FREE, 25-MINUTE, 5-MILE RIDE
    10-Minute Play: This little play imagines a young couple somewhat protected – or are they? – by the supernatural, on the day the Staten Island ferry crashed, in 2003.
  • SEX AND VIOLENCE
    One-Act: A playwright attempts to self-produce a ten-minute seven-person play from 3,000 miles away.
  • WABI SABI
    10-Minute Play: Friends from the past reconnect in High School.
  • MAINTAINING A SPACE CUSHION
    In which three astronauts, with apparently minimal training, hurdle through space on their mission to Mars.
  • SALAD DAYS
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Three mature women explore the past and the future, at Flower Arranging Class.
  • THE APPOINTMENT
    10-minute play: ZAC and DEB seek some support for their long-term relationship.
  • RIPPLE
    Ten-Minute Play: Two black holes, one bigger than the other, consider the implications of merging
  • SEX AND VIOLENCE (THE MUSICAL)
    One-Act: The MUSICAL version of the play about the making of the 10-minute play for seven actors.
  • THE BUSTLE IN A HOUSE
    One-Act: During a quiet weekend in Orange County in 1659, mirth ensues.
  • FAIRVIEW
    One-Act: Focusing on the history of the Eugenics movement in this country and the chronic mistreatment of people with disabilities, this play drops into a moment in time and two possible futures, one with some support, one without.

  • FUMBLEWINTER
    One-Act: In the year 930, the Age of Settlement, over the previous fifty years or so, the population of Iceland, this geologically-rich, but resource-poor island (about the size of Oregon) has grown from one, to nearly 10,000 people, who are scattered across the land, and dispersed into a multitude of self-appointed, and pretty shitty, kingdoms. They come together to discuss the impending apocalypse, but are...
    One-Act: In the year 930, the Age of Settlement, over the previous fifty years or so, the population of Iceland, this geologically-rich, but resource-poor island (about the size of Oregon) has grown from one, to nearly 10,000 people, who are scattered across the land, and dispersed into a multitude of self-appointed, and pretty shitty, kingdoms. They come together to discuss the impending apocalypse, but are too distracted with witch hunts, and the latest gadgets, to get much done.
  • GIRL VS. TROLL
    In the frozen north, little Gerda demonstrates that girls can do anything. Based on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson.
  • THREE THINGS REMAIN
    One Act Radio Play: Exploring intergalactic universals through the purr of a ’63 Alfa Romeo, breakfast foods and cats.

  • MALHEUR
    Full-Length Play: In a converted brothel in the middle of nowhere, adjacent to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, in Harney County, Oregon — A place where people converge in small groups to do one of two things: watch migratory birds, or hunt, few people ever do both — Characters grieve the loss of a future past, a once-great nation, a stolen place, an ideal, over mini muffins and coffee. And one character comes to...
    Full-Length Play: In a converted brothel in the middle of nowhere, adjacent to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, in Harney County, Oregon — A place where people converge in small groups to do one of two things: watch migratory birds, or hunt, few people ever do both — Characters grieve the loss of a future past, a once-great nation, a stolen place, an ideal, over mini muffins and coffee. And one character comes to terms with a loss —
  • CANOPY
    Full-Length Play: Both characters are in their seventies, and played by a man and a woman — Two roles shared among four actors. A coin toss accents transitions throughout — So that the roles are assigned randomly from scene to scene. Not only are we seeing folks onstage who are older, because that’s rare as hen’s teeth, we’re also seeing a play about two men or two women or a man and a woman — In a slippery,...
    Full-Length Play: Both characters are in their seventies, and played by a man and a woman — Two roles shared among four actors. A coin toss accents transitions throughout — So that the roles are assigned randomly from scene to scene. Not only are we seeing folks onstage who are older, because that’s rare as hen’s teeth, we’re also seeing a play about two men or two women or a man and a woman — In a slippery, permeable random chance experiment. It’s just about love — And the patience love requires.
  • FALSTAFF RISETH
    Full-Length Play: A play with a play within a play within a musical within a play by puppets who do a play. Based on Henry the IV Part One.
  • THE PERFECT WIFE
    Full-length play: England, 1769: As revolution between England and its American colonies simmers, candy-colored Georgian society pits the woeful, starving masses against the excessive powers of the rich elite. Sir Thomas Day, rebuffed at every turn from would-be wives, despite his fortune, grows frustrated, and hatches a plan to steal an orphan, and raise her to be the Perfect Wife. I wrote this because I was...
    Full-length play: England, 1769: As revolution between England and its American colonies simmers, candy-colored Georgian society pits the woeful, starving masses against the excessive powers of the rich elite. Sir Thomas Day, rebuffed at every turn from would-be wives, despite his fortune, grows frustrated, and hatches a plan to steal an orphan, and raise her to be the Perfect Wife. I wrote this because I was pissed about Roy Moore and his ilk. Based on real events.

  • FUMBLEWINTER (Full-length version)
    Dizzy Vikings addicted to their phones and their world in ruin — a commentary on the relationship between internalized oppression and environmental collapse – using mostly stupid jokes.
  • ALL THE SUN THAT SHINES
    Full-Length: The story drops the Cymbeline story into the depths of the antebellum South, where Imogen — Secretly "married" to another slave — dreads the moment when her master will claim his right to 'Partus', the law of the land, established by the Romans and seeded in our nation's history, that decreed that the issue from any slave becomes the property of the slave's owner. In...
    Full-Length: The story drops the Cymbeline story into the depths of the antebellum South, where Imogen — Secretly "married" to another slave — dreads the moment when her master will claim his right to 'Partus', the law of the land, established by the Romans and seeded in our nation's history, that decreed that the issue from any slave becomes the property of the slave's owner. In its mewling infancy and weather-beaten structures, this rule of law that established slavery, echoes in the labor — both work and birthing — of every person in this country who was ever imprisoned by an owner, and how that cycle spills forth into incongruities within our contemporary society.

    Within Shakespeare's fantastical, leaping text, I found the heart and mind of one who - in his lifetime - was witnessing the beginnings of slavery in the new world. 500 years later, how do our stories shape our present, and our future?

  • PRACTICE HOUSE
    Full-Length: A university campus — 1933. Women receive training in home economics, "A tool of the utmost importance in building up forces which increase physical well-being of the population," writes Albert Mann, Dean of the New York College of Agriculture. "And which make for a reduction in the number of persons thrown back to the state for support by reason of physical, mental, or moral failure.”
  • n95
    Full-Length: In the Pacific Northwest, Summer 2018, humans, animals - and yellow jackets - consider a future with more wildfire smoke, and a past that might have prevented it.

    Created in 36 hours, with a creative team of 20+ people. (And one really good dog.)
  • PIONEERS
    Full-Length: RORY wants to be a better person, but "MAIA" has other plans.
  • The Plague
    Exploring the moral manifestation of unconscious social systems or environments where women continually face hostility, through the lens of competitive dance.

    With choreography. And fighting!
  • A VERY STABLE GENIUS (Co-written with Sharai Bohannon, Ben Brinkley, Diana Burbano, Greg Burdick and Jordan Elizabeth Henry)
    A timeless work of staggering, unparalleled artistry. Believe me.