Rachel Lynett

Rachel Lynett

Rachel Lynett is an Arkansas-based playwright and theatre artist. Her recent playwriting credits include HE DID IT presented as a reading with Equity Library Theatre, Chicago (2018) and presented as a workshop production with University of Central Florida's Pegasus PlayLab; REFUGE as part of Z Space's Problematic Play Festival (2018); GOOD BAD PEOPLE as part of Talk Back Theatre's Reading Series...
Rachel Lynett is an Arkansas-based playwright and theatre artist. Her recent playwriting credits include HE DID IT presented as a reading with Equity Library Theatre, Chicago (2018) and presented as a workshop production with University of Central Florida's Pegasus PlayLab; REFUGE as part of Z Space's Problematic Play Festival (2018); GOOD BAD PEOPLE as part of Talk Back Theatre's Reading Series (2018), part of American Stage Theatre Company's 21st Century New Voices New Play Festival (2018), part of Jackalope Theatre's CIRCLE UP series (2017) and as a reading as part of Unicorn Theatre Plays In Progress (2018); WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE as the Michigan premiere with Matrix Theatre (2018), the world premiere with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (2018), the Downstage Left Residency with Stage Left (2017), part of Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival (2017), and receiving honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play (2017). Her play, ABORTION ROAD TRIP received a workshop production produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy (2017) and then was later presented by Theatre Prometheus, as a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival. Rachel Lynett is also the 2018 Recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.

Plays

  • Well-Intentioned White People
    After an attack influenced by her race, Cass wants to just forget about it and move on with her life but her (white) roommate and the dean of the university push her to "make an example of it." Suddenly Cass is roped into planning a diversity day and trying to convince her roommate not to plan a sit-in. Well-Intentioned White People explores how liberals attempt to deal with discrimination not...
    After an attack influenced by her race, Cass wants to just forget about it and move on with her life but her (white) roommate and the dean of the university push her to "make an example of it." Suddenly Cass is roped into planning a diversity day and trying to convince her roommate not to plan a sit-in. Well-Intentioned White People explores how liberals attempt to deal with discrimination not directed at them and how sometimes "well intentions" can be just as problematic.
  • Abortion Road Trip
    Minnie and Lexa join Driver on a road trip from San Antonio to New Mexico to get an abortion. While on their journey, each of three women discuss all of the baggage we carry with us and how the circumstances leading to three very different abortions shaped them into who they are.
  • He Did It
    He did it. They know he did it. But can they ignore his crimes if it means that'll make them famous?

    Ada & Lex know Jefferson raped their friend but they need him in order to become a breakthrough. For their show and their dreams to work, they need Jefferson. Ada and Lex must decide if they can alienate their friends for the sake of their careers. And if they can excuse a horrendous...
    He did it. They know he did it. But can they ignore his crimes if it means that'll make them famous?

    Ada & Lex know Jefferson raped their friend but they need him in order to become a breakthrough. For their show and their dreams to work, they need Jefferson. Ada and Lex must decide if they can alienate their friends for the sake of their careers. And if they can excuse a horrendous crime done by an artistic "genius."
  • You Were Mine
    Aisling and Noah struggle to plan a funeral for their shared partner, Jacks. As they try to figure out the logistics, they begin to discover new things about Jacks and themselves.
  • Breathe Me In
    Erin, recently deaf, and Adam, struggling to connect, meet at a bus stop. As the two struggle to communicate, they find a common language in music.Overtime they realize they both have been harboring enormous secrets about their training and their future. Erin, who dropped out of Yale, doesn’t believe she can ever be the great musician she once was. Adam, who dropped out of Cornell, doesn’t believe he can carry...
    Erin, recently deaf, and Adam, struggling to connect, meet at a bus stop. As the two struggle to communicate, they find a common language in music.Overtime they realize they both have been harboring enormous secrets about their training and their future. Erin, who dropped out of Yale, doesn’t believe she can ever be the great musician she once was. Adam, who dropped out of Cornell, doesn’t believe he can carry his race on his back along with his autism which holds him back from connecting. Together, they push each other to stop running away from who they want to be and decide it’s time to write their own history.
  • Good Bad People
    June returns home in an attempt to make amends with her family, after her brother, Amiri, is shot by a police officer. But when her family refuses to make a statement and her personal beliefs are questioned, suddenly June is forced into the spotlight and must decide which is more important: making amends with her family or standing up for her brother's life.
  • Refuge
    After Derek's transition, Julia is unsure how to be a good partner. She suggests a triad. But as the play progresses, Julia has to face whether or not she actually wants to fix her marriage or if she's looking for someone to be her replacement.
  • black kitchen sink
    Alison just has to deal with her estranged family for three days while they prepare for the funeral of her even more estranged grandfather who she calls "The Grim Reaper." But, as the weekend progresses, Alison learns that a secret she had been keeping for years about Grim has never really been a secret at all. And no one did anything to save her. Alison must finally stop always living in the future...
    Alison just has to deal with her estranged family for three days while they prepare for the funeral of her even more estranged grandfather who she calls "The Grim Reaper." But, as the weekend progresses, Alison learns that a secret she had been keeping for years about Grim has never really been a secret at all. And no one did anything to save her. Alison must finally stop always living in the future and face her family and the cycle of abuse that haunts them.
  • Outrageous
    After Liam has a mental break and shoots Eliza's husband, he is sent to a behavioral facility instead of jail. Through a series of letters, the two eventually bond over a shared love of literature but Eliza isn't sure she can ever forgive Liam and Liam doesn't want to be remembered as the "criminally insane" man who killed a black man.
  • Here Be Dragons
    (this play needs workshopping and is very much so a draft)

    Amy, Ines, Julian, and friends created an elaborate and complex game together that gave players a
    chance to live a second life. For Amy, she looked for an escape for her every day life. Problem is
    currently, she is missing in real life. As Kiah, her wife, struggles to find her, the audience is
    invited to play the game...
    (this play needs workshopping and is very much so a draft)

    Amy, Ines, Julian, and friends created an elaborate and complex game together that gave players a
    chance to live a second life. For Amy, she looked for an escape for her every day life. Problem is
    currently, she is missing in real life. As Kiah, her wife, struggles to find her, the audience is
    invited to play the game with Amy. As the game/play progresses, secrets about Amy's
    relationship with her abusive ex and how much the game seeped into her real life are slowly
    revealed. Depending on the audience, by the end of the play, we find that Amy is alive but
    completely disconnected from reality or that she's died. The play explores escapism, mental
    illness, and how toxic the gaming community can still be for women, especially women of color
    and trans women. And really, not just the gaming community But how toxic existing in the real
    world can be too.
  • Pick Me Up
    Jenna, a law student, and Lely, a struggling adjunct, meet in a hotel room. As they attempt to figure out how they know each other, they dissect what it means to be alive
  • Of Mice
    After discovering that Curly and his wife have been abusing Len for years, George, with the help of Crooks, takes him in. As time progresses, through a series of acts of violence, George and Crooks must decide how far they are willing to go to protect Len from Curly and what exactly we owe each other.
  • Choosing You
    As Aurora moves through her day, she considers the two very different lives she might have lived. (10 min play)
  • In Transit
    Becca and Ryan run into each other at an airport after not having seen each other for five years. As they work through the awkwardness of seeing each other and catching up on their lives, they navigate what they meant to each other and if they could ever be that way again. (10 min play)