Rachel Lynett

Rachel Lynett

Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright who writes dark comedies about complex, complicated women of color. Her recent playwriting credits include commissions with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (HOLY GROUND), Florida Studio Theatre (CARRY ME and AS YOU ARE), and Theatre Lab (LAST NIGHT). Other credits include LAST NIGHT presented as a reading with Theatre Lab (2020); HERE BE DRAGONS presented as a...
Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright who writes dark comedies about complex, complicated women of color. Her recent playwriting credits include commissions with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (HOLY GROUND), Florida Studio Theatre (CARRY ME and AS YOU ARE), and Theatre Lab (LAST NIGHT). Other credits include LAST NIGHT presented as a reading with Theatre Lab (2020); HERE BE DRAGONS presented as a reading with Capital Rep (2019); YOU WERE MINE presented as a reading at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival presented by Theatre Prometheus (2019); 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 StageLeft (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 and one of the 2020 recipients for the Artist 360 grant.

Plays

  • 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.

    (Through May 2020, if anyone wants to stage ABORTION ROAD TRIP, as part of a fundraiser or protest art, the royalties are waived.)
  • Adored You
    (one-act) LILA and ALEX meet in a coffee shop. Over the next three years (in a single day), they try to form a life together, with all the ups and downs that comes with being in love.
  • Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson)
    Set in the fictional world of a post-second Civil War, Bronx Bay, an all-black state (and neighborhood) is established in order to protect "blackness." It's a utopia but enforcing utopia proves to be tricky when it comes to defining who is Black and who isn't. 
  • As You Are
    In a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE, AS YOU ARE is a play with music about an apartment community stuck inside trying to find joy in the darkest of situations. Orlando, a recovering addict, struggles to pay rent and "earn" his stay while also trying to woo the artist, Ros who's looking for the perfect moment to catch with her camera. Silvius, a high school teacher, tries his...
    In a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE, AS YOU ARE is a play with music about an apartment community stuck inside trying to find joy in the darkest of situations. Orlando, a recovering addict, struggles to pay rent and "earn" his stay while also trying to woo the artist, Ros who's looking for the perfect moment to catch with her camera. Silvius, a high school teacher, tries his chances with exhausted nurse Phoebe while Audrey, a classically trained musician tries to come to terms with being good but not great. Throughout the play, each character attempts to adjust to a new normal and what it means to find joy in the midst of great loss.
  • 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.
  • Black Mexican
    Who gets to be a part of Latinidad? While Valery fights to prove Ximena isn't Cuban, Alia has given up fighting that she is Latine. As the women in this play discover the truth about themselves and each other, they also have to face the internal bias that allowed a white woman to be Cuban but didn't allow a Belizean to call herself Latine.

    Very early draft
  • 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.
  • Choosing You
    As Aurora moves through her day, she considers the two very different lives she might have lived. (10 min play)
  • Echo Me
    As time flows in and out of this memory play, Massiel experiences many different 2020s as she tries to reconcile moving back to New York and the world changing forever.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • I'm f*cking tired of writing plays about this
    Yet another police killing of a black person, yet another play about it. Be better.

    (Very early draft)
  • 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)
  • Last Night
    (This play was commissioned by Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University)

    After a shooting at a lesbian bar, as an act of resistance, Mia opens up the bar the next night. Together with bartender Rory, Rory's girlfriend Leslie, and a student named Sara they unpack what it means to queer today, the battles we're still fighting, and where to find joy.
  • Letters to Kamala
    Right before election night, three major political women in US history come to visit Kamala and offer her words of wisdom.
  • Monogapolyish (Formerly 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.
  • 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
  • Rich B*tch
    (an early draft)

    Dani agrees to spend a weekend with her rich friends to celebrate her best friend's wedding as a sort of "bachelor party" but no one was expecting the various proverbial (and literal) cuts they would ultimately cause.
  • 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.
  • 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.