Rachel Graf Evans

Rachel Graf Evans

RGE is a writer and theatre artist currently based in Philadelphia, PA. A dual MFA Candidate, RGE is a member of the inaugural MFA Musical Theatre Collaboration cohort at Temple University, and spends her summers as a member of the Hollins University Playwrights Lab, where she was a first year merit scholar in 2019.

From 2016-2018, RGE created in Atlanta where she was a co-winner of the 2018...
RGE is a writer and theatre artist currently based in Philadelphia, PA. A dual MFA Candidate, RGE is a member of the inaugural MFA Musical Theatre Collaboration cohort at Temple University, and spends her summers as a member of the Hollins University Playwrights Lab, where she was a first year merit scholar in 2019.

From 2016-2018, RGE created in Atlanta where she was a co-winner of the 2018 Essential Playwriting Award for Georgia Playwrights for her play BUILT TO FLOAT, as well as a recipient of the Ethel Woolson Lab at Working Title Playwrights for her play PHEROMONE. During her Atlanta tenure, she served as the Dramatists Guild Regional Young Ambassador for Atlanta, the Alliance Theatre's 2017-18 Literary Intern (where she was the Office Referee of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition), and a 2016-17 Playwright Apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company. She has studied playwriting with Jacqueline Goldfinger, Todd Ristau, Addae Moon, Arlene Hutton, David Walker, and Caroline Jackson-Smith. Graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. High Honors Theatre/Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies) and Westtown School.

Stay tuned at www.rachelgrafevans.com

Plays

  • PHEROMONE: An Awkward Olfactory Inquiry
    (FULL LENGTH) Six years into her relationship with Paulie, Olive can’t help but wonder if things are growing stale because the chemistry literally isn’t there. What matters more in a successful relationship: biology or commitment? Somewhere in a dilapidated warehouse in Atlanta, a new kind of party is just getting started. Wear a t-shirt for three days, put it in a ziploc bag, bring it to the party, fall in...
    (FULL LENGTH) Six years into her relationship with Paulie, Olive can’t help but wonder if things are growing stale because the chemistry literally isn’t there. What matters more in a successful relationship: biology or commitment? Somewhere in a dilapidated warehouse in Atlanta, a new kind of party is just getting started. Wear a t-shirt for three days, put it in a ziploc bag, bring it to the party, fall in love. An awkward olfactory inquiry into the nature of attraction, betrayal, and the quirky characters we meet in our quest to find true love.
  • RANDI & ROXANNE
    (FULL LENGTH) Picture this: modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, only it’s socio-economic class instead of appearance, it’s the softball team instead of the army, and every character is a high school girl.

    Poet and scholarship kid Miranda Beaudoin, known to her friends as Randi, has a big problem: she’s in love with her nextdoor neighbor and childhood BFF, Roxanne. Having moved mountains to finally get...
    (FULL LENGTH) Picture this: modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, only it’s socio-economic class instead of appearance, it’s the softball team instead of the army, and every character is a high school girl.

    Poet and scholarship kid Miranda Beaudoin, known to her friends as Randi, has a big problem: she’s in love with her nextdoor neighbor and childhood BFF, Roxanne. Having moved mountains to finally get herself a scholarship to the private school Roxanne’s college-obsessed parents sent her to, Randi arrives to find Roxanne enamored with the newly transferred softball star Kristy “The Pocket” Neville. Randi’s friend Brenna, school newspaper editor, convinces Randi to publish an anonymous love poem dedicated to Roxanne, in the hopes of piquing her curiosity. As the poem’s authorship remains a mystery, fellow newspaper columnist Monica, committed to truth and transparency makes it her duty to uncover the amour. Meanwhile, aspiring softball captain Courtney Denise, and her loyal sidekick, Val, who dreams of a promotion to short stop once Court is crowned captain, find themselves hellbent on preserving their rightful turf. How do you know what you really want? And how do you know who wants what’s best for you? A goofy, earnest, and robust romantic comedy for 7 gals.

    (Upcoming) Featured work, Hollins Playwright's Lab Reading, Summer 2020 via the Interwebz.

    Script available upon request.
  • BUILT TO FLOAT
    (FULL LENGTH) Tess quietly crusades to keep it together, working full time as a phlebotomist and caring for her ailing mother Marjorie who likes to harp on Tess’s dormant dreams of becoming a doctor. Suddenly, her sister Roz shows back up from rehab, pledging high expectations and a clean slate. When stranger William, an echo of their deceased father, arrives in town with a tempting new avenue of employment,...
    (FULL LENGTH) Tess quietly crusades to keep it together, working full time as a phlebotomist and caring for her ailing mother Marjorie who likes to harp on Tess’s dormant dreams of becoming a doctor. Suddenly, her sister Roz shows back up from rehab, pledging high expectations and a clean slate. When stranger William, an echo of their deceased father, arrives in town with a tempting new avenue of employment, Tess’s mental health disintegrates, thus forcing them all to wrestle with the meaning of blame, inheritance, and survival.
  • RAVISHING
    (FULL LENGTH, PLAY WITH MUSIC) RAVISHING unearths the oft-forgotten myth of how Medusa became the hideous Gorgon we remember. A young resident of the Temple of Athena, Medusa gets caught in a conflict between gods, resulting in an unpunished crime that forever alters her fate. Then, when King Polydectes proclaims he is to wed Perseus' mother, Perseus must offer a wedding gift to the couple. Having no...
    (FULL LENGTH, PLAY WITH MUSIC) RAVISHING unearths the oft-forgotten myth of how Medusa became the hideous Gorgon we remember. A young resident of the Temple of Athena, Medusa gets caught in a conflict between gods, resulting in an unpunished crime that forever alters her fate. Then, when King Polydectes proclaims he is to wed Perseus' mother, Perseus must offer a wedding gift to the couple. Having no monetary wealth, he pledges a task of valor at the King's request. What does the King seek? The Head of the Mortal Gorgon. This play in two acts explores what it means to make a choice when it seems you have nothing left.

    CURRENTLY SEEKING: developmental workshop/production, with emphasis on expanding the a cappella soundscape. Academic, devised, and movement-focused ensembles particularly welcome.
  • A PICTURE SPEAKS
    (FULL LENGTH) On the heels of a historic win for Senator Emerson Caldwell, campaign manager Morgan Daniels is unwittingly thrust into the spotlight in a sexting scandal and promptly fired. As Morgan is wined and dined by media mogul Bruce Kershaw and trailed by down-home gossip magazine sensationalist Rhonda Wallace, she must decide how much of the celebrity game she is willing to play to clear her name....
    (FULL LENGTH) On the heels of a historic win for Senator Emerson Caldwell, campaign manager Morgan Daniels is unwittingly thrust into the spotlight in a sexting scandal and promptly fired. As Morgan is wined and dined by media mogul Bruce Kershaw and trailed by down-home gossip magazine sensationalist Rhonda Wallace, she must decide how much of the celebrity game she is willing to play to clear her name.

    CURRENTLY SEEKING: Development opportunities with creatives/institutions who are excited about pushing the boundaries of theatricality within the media circus and satirical space this play should continue to grow into, as well as leaning into the non-linear structure.
  • THE GOOD DOG
    (ONE ACT) "If the very thing that defines you gets taken away, who even are you?" Baron has a comfortable life as the singular K-9 associate of a small town police station. The singular K-9, that is, until one fateful morning when Tuck the Puppy unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly, Baron is forced to confront who he is, if is isn't the K-9 on the force. What purpose does he serve, what use does he...
    (ONE ACT) "If the very thing that defines you gets taken away, who even are you?" Baron has a comfortable life as the singular K-9 associate of a small town police station. The singular K-9, that is, until one fateful morning when Tuck the Puppy unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly, Baron is forced to confront who he is, if is isn't the K-9 on the force. What purpose does he serve, what use does he provide, without the vest? What does it mean to be a "good dog?" The Good Dog explores the joys and complications of loyalty, legacy, and the search for identity in the sunset years of life.
  • LUCA
    (ONE ACT) Caroline is doing her best as a single parent to an increasingly precocious Luca, but the delicate equilibrium of their small family unit is jeopardized at the unexpected arrival of Caroline’s estranged sister Jenny. Having left her overseas medical post under questionable circumstances, Jenny brings many unwelcome opinions on Caroline’s parenting choices, which escalate when Luca contracts measles...
    (ONE ACT) Caroline is doing her best as a single parent to an increasingly precocious Luca, but the delicate equilibrium of their small family unit is jeopardized at the unexpected arrival of Caroline’s estranged sister Jenny. Having left her overseas medical post under questionable circumstances, Jenny brings many unwelcome opinions on Caroline’s parenting choices, which escalate when Luca contracts measles from an outbreak at school. As Luca’s medical situation becomes more dire, the sisters are forced to reckon with what it means to protect, to be responsible for, and how to let go of the things you can no longer control. A play about how we can be so similar, and yet so devastatingly different, from those we were once closest to.
  • QUARTET
    (ONE ACT) "How can we have lived the same life and remember it so differently?" The estranged members of a competitive young women’s barbershop quartet gather for a seemingly innocuous reunion. As the afternoon goes on, however, forgotten stones cannot help but be turned and long buried secrets uncovered. A one act play about the strengths and strains of friendship and allyship across intersectionalities.

  • THE HANDMAID RHIANNON
    (ONE ACT; TEEN CAST) Daphne thinks she's been summoned to the Palace for a Princess eligibility contest she's unlikely to win. Eloïse, meanwhile, thinks she's meeting, greeting, and dressing her future Queen for the Royal Wedding. A sweet one-act about two young women who form an unlikely bond as they navigate the messy waters of expectation, duty, and how to love.
  • INCH BY INCH
    (ONE ACT) Bridget and her partner Wyn have returned to Bridget's hometown for her mother's funeral. Bridget learns that she has inherited the house and vegetable garden and finds she must reconcile her own deep-seated fears about family and identity before the Garden will let her leave.
  • STRAWBERRIES
    (ONE ACT) Hungover on the morning after their wedding, Carolyn and Thad can't seem to get it together to be in love with each other. Carolyn's Bubbe Iris shows up just in time to meddle and leave a little magic.
  • NEWFOUND MASCOT
    (SHORT) What are you willing to sacrifice for a few LOLs? Trapped at a football game, young teachers Carina and Xander are at their wits' end so when will this team lose already so they can go drink about it! Xander has a new beau, Carina is made of espresso, what could go wrong in this friendship?
  • PEACH COBBLER
    (SHORT; HORROR) Sisters Jo and Val have a secret and she's called Annie, their mother, who has been a corpse for the past ten years in an ice chest in the middle of their living room floor. Inspired by true events.
  • THE RIGHT KIND OF MARIGOLD
    (SHORT; TYA; EDUCATIONAL) The sun rises, another day has arrived! We are in the garden with a quirky and assorted accidental family of plants: Sunny the Sunflower is still a show-off, Q the Cucumber adores Sunny anyway, Kentucky Blue String Bean is strung between them, and Stinking Roger is in the way ...again. But when Karen the Gardener announces it's moving day, everyone loses their petals! Who will get...
    (SHORT; TYA; EDUCATIONAL) The sun rises, another day has arrived! We are in the garden with a quirky and assorted accidental family of plants: Sunny the Sunflower is still a show-off, Q the Cucumber adores Sunny anyway, Kentucky Blue String Bean is strung between them, and Stinking Roger is in the way ...again. But when Karen the Gardener announces it's moving day, everyone loses their petals! Who will get to go? Who will have to stay? A petite playground fable.
  • ROOKIE MISTAKE
    (SHORT) When everything imaginable goes wrong on the day of her sister’s wedding, Maid of Honor Marlee tries valiantly to salvage the remains (with no help from the only remaining bridesmaid or her mother) until the worst arrives: the Bride. Rookie Mistake is a short, smart comedy about luck, secrets, and the meaning of sisterhood.
  • HER NAME IS HUNTER
    (SHORT) When Mira shows back up in their college town, her friend Jodie doesn’t blink twice at asking her to babysit her young kids so she can step out for a rare date night. As the two catch up, though, Jodie starts to wonder if Mira is the best choice for Responsible Adult. A short play about friendship, femininity, expectations, and untapped potential.