Rachel Bublitz

Rachel Bublitz

Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. Her full-length play “Ripped” had its World Premiere with Z Space in San Francisco, directed by Lisa Steindler, and was awarded the 2020 Will Glickman Award for the best premiere play of the Bay Area in 2019. “Ripped” was developed around the country with readings at the Problematic Play Festival, San Francisco Playhouse, Athena Theatre...
Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. Her full-length play “Ripped” had its World Premiere with Z Space in San Francisco, directed by Lisa Steindler, and was awarded the 2020 Will Glickman Award for the best premiere play of the Bay Area in 2019. “Ripped” was developed around the country with readings at the Problematic Play Festival, San Francisco Playhouse, Athena Theatre Company, Wyoming Theater Festival, and the Road Theatre Company. “Ripped” won the 2018 Detroit New Works Festival, and the production at Z Space received seven nomination in the 2019 Theatre Bay Area Awards, including Outstanding World Premiere Play.

In her move to Salt Lake, Rachel found a wealth of new theaters and artists to collaborate with. In Salt Lake she’s received multiple readings with Salt Lake Acting Company (“Ripped” and “Burst”) and joined the Plan-B Lab. In Park City, Rachel’s had three commissioned works from the Egyptian YouTheatre; “Cheerleaders VS. Aliens” (a sci-fi comedy directed by Alicia Washington, World Premiere in 2018), “The Night Witches,” (directed by Alexandra Harbold, World Premiere in 2019, at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival to a sold out run, a remount is planned for Spring 2020 in Park City), and “The Summer I Howled” (a horror comedy, to be directed by Jamie Wilcox, World Premiere in October 2020). Plan-B Theatre will tour Rachel’s play “Presenting: Super Cat & Reptile Robot In The Tremendous Tickle Trouble” for their 2019/2020 Elementary School Tour. In Cedar City, at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Rachel had the pleasure of having the first public reading of her full-length environmental thriller “Burst.”

Rachel has published plays with Dramatic Publishing ("The Night Witches"), Playscripts ("Ghost House"), Stage Partners ("The Red House Monster"), Pioneer Drama Service (“Cheerleaders VS. Aliens”), Eldridge Plays & Musicals (“Much Ado About Mathletes”), YouthPLAYS (“Cleaver Catherine”, “No Talking Allowed!,” and “The Elves”), and PlayGround Publishing (“Reading Babar in 2070”). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her two viking-like children.

Plays

  • Ripped
    FULL LENGTH: Lucy goes to college. Lucy brings mace. No need for Lucy to actually use it, right? But something happened that wasn’t supposed to happen. Or did it? Oh well, Lucy must be having that quintessential college experience: drinking, boys, and being completely decimated by the people she trusts.
  • Funny, Like An Abortion
    FULL LENGTH (early development): Monroe finds herself knocked up, and since abortions are illegal in the United States, she throws a surprise abortion party with her best friend Jade. Monroe prepares over twenty at home abortion options for them to sort through, neither will walk away until they select the best of all of these terrible options. But that's not all! Come on down for juggling, a tap dancing...
    FULL LENGTH (early development): Monroe finds herself knocked up, and since abortions are illegal in the United States, she throws a surprise abortion party with her best friend Jade. Monroe prepares over twenty at home abortion options for them to sort through, neither will walk away until they select the best of all of these terrible options. But that's not all! Come on down for juggling, a tap dancing number, and a horrific view at what our future may hold. A comedic two-hander in one scene.
  • Burst
    FULL LENGTH: Sarah Boyd is an extraordinary human being. Not only did she build her company from scratch using nothing but willpower and fortitude, she also sits on the precipice of truly saving this planet. Because on top of being one of the fastest growing tech companies in history, Tactix, with Sarah at its helm, will usher this planet into the post-plastic era. A time where we need not worry or fret over...
    FULL LENGTH: Sarah Boyd is an extraordinary human being. Not only did she build her company from scratch using nothing but willpower and fortitude, she also sits on the precipice of truly saving this planet. Because on top of being one of the fastest growing tech companies in history, Tactix, with Sarah at its helm, will usher this planet into the post-plastic era. A time where we need not worry or fret over the great destruction being done to our world from this non-biodegradable foe. With her eyes steady on her next round of funding, Sarah must persevere through a late night interview with a particularly tough reporter, a lawsuit aimed at a person from her past, and the waffling of her CTO. It's a heavy load, and Sarah knows that she is the only one great enough to bear it.
  • My Body
    TEN MINUTE: In a world in which men are no longer trusted to make decisions concerning their own bodies, women hold all of the cards.
  • The Night Witches
    FULL LENGTH (approximately 80 minutes): The Night Witches, of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes through the night to keep them from sleeping. They were constantly being shuffled and moved to perform new duties; mechanics would become navigators, navigators would become pilots, and pilots would become...
    FULL LENGTH (approximately 80 minutes): The Night Witches, of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes through the night to keep them from sleeping. They were constantly being shuffled and moved to perform new duties; mechanics would become navigators, navigators would become pilots, and pilots would become commanders. Nina and Vera have just finished their training as navigators and are moments away from their first combat mission. As they fight their nerves, the women around them use different means of bolstering their spirits, some more successfully than others. But when the time comes, ready or not, to the sky they must go. However, tonight is different than any night they’ve faced before; their enemy has employed a new tactic taking them completely by surprise. Using movement, song, and lyrically styled dialogue we follow these brave women through one fateful evening during the war.

    *35 minute version available!
    *60 minute version available!
    *Both of the shorter versions of the play have a smaller cast of 9.
  • Let's Fix Andy
    Finalist: Playwright Foundation's Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2018

    FULL LENGTH: Let’s Fix Andy deals with male body images, friendship, and growing into being an adult. Andy’s best friends, Logan, Marcus, and George decide it’s time they step in after he’s been dumped by his long time girlfriend Megan, to snap him out of his funk. All three of them have different ideas of what Andy...
    Finalist: Playwright Foundation's Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2018

    FULL LENGTH: Let’s Fix Andy deals with male body images, friendship, and growing into being an adult. Andy’s best friends, Logan, Marcus, and George decide it’s time they step in after he’s been dumped by his long time girlfriend Megan, to snap him out of his funk. All three of them have different ideas of what Andy actually needs, and so Andy is dragged to the gym, the bar, and a cabin in the woods before things come to a head and he declares that he doesn’t need fixing. By the end of the play, with all four playing video games in Andy’s safe place, his couch, they realize that there’s no fixing anyone, and all any of us can really ask for is friendship that is focused on acceptance for who we are.
  • Really Adult
    Finalist: Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award, 2017

    TEN MINUTE: Julie would love to have a great first day working the Customer Service desk at Target, but maybe not as much as flirting with Frank, the employee assigned to train her. As the two discuss a possible date their personal lives become more and more clear, which leads to awkward territory.
  • Cheerleaders VS Aliens
    FULL LENGTH: When aliens invade a small town and abduct the high school football team to steal their brain jelly, no one steps up to save them. Not any parents, not the principal, not the police, not the fire department, not the governor, not even the marines. Thankfully there’s one last group no one ever thought of as heroic, and they’re ready and able to kick some alien butt. That’s right, the cheerleaders....
    FULL LENGTH: When aliens invade a small town and abduct the high school football team to steal their brain jelly, no one steps up to save them. Not any parents, not the principal, not the police, not the fire department, not the governor, not even the marines. Thankfully there’s one last group no one ever thought of as heroic, and they’re ready and able to kick some alien butt. That’s right, the cheerleaders. Led by science-fiction enthusiast and self proclaimed mega nerd Gilda, the Greenville High School Cheerleading Squad uses rhymes, cartwheels, glitter, and a fun-ton of tin foil to save the day.
  • Reading Babar in 2070
    Award: PlayGround's June Anne Baker Prize for top Emerging Bay Area Female Playwright, 2015

    TEN MINUTE: In the slightly distant future, a little girl discovers the high price of unchecked human development and story time will never be the same.
  • Codename: White Mouse
    FULL LENGTH: When the Germans invade France, Nancy, a rich socialite house wife, isn’t able to sit back and do nothing. Despite her husband's objections, she gets involved with the resistance. For Nancy it’s a slippery slope and soon she graduates from delivering letters to breaking men out of concentration camps. Forced to flee the country with the Gestapo and Vichy on her heals, she is lead to safety...
    FULL LENGTH: When the Germans invade France, Nancy, a rich socialite house wife, isn’t able to sit back and do nothing. Despite her husband's objections, she gets involved with the resistance. For Nancy it’s a slippery slope and soon she graduates from delivering letters to breaking men out of concentration camps. Forced to flee the country with the Gestapo and Vichy on her heals, she is lead to safety over the Pyrenees Mountains. Nancy, however, isn’t satisfied with a quiet life back in England and requests quickly to be sent back into the fight. After training, the SOE drop Nancy back into France and into one of the Marquis camps, a guerrilla group of Frenchmen still fighting the Germans.

    Surviving in a male dominated world, Nancy’s motivations are constantly called into question, forcing her to make the men see her as a person capable of great things and not just an object of desire. At the end of the war though, when France is finally free, the audience and Nancy learn just how much she sacrificed by fighting for what she believes in.
  • Mommy Dances With The Devil
    FULL LENGTH, early development: After moving across the country, Laurel, the mother of a young child, is desperate to make a friend beyond her cheerio-throwing, Barney-obsessed baby and her over-worked, rarely-home husband, which leads her to jump for a spot in a mommy group with a mysterious reputation. Laurel is cemented in the group before she learns of their devious agenda and is forced to either shut up...
    FULL LENGTH, early development: After moving across the country, Laurel, the mother of a young child, is desperate to make a friend beyond her cheerio-throwing, Barney-obsessed baby and her over-worked, rarely-home husband, which leads her to jump for a spot in a mommy group with a mysterious reputation. Laurel is cemented in the group before she learns of their devious agenda and is forced to either shut up and join suit, or burn their coven to the ground.
  • Of Serpents & Sea Spray
    FULL LENGTH: OF SERPENTS AND SEA SPRAY, tells the story of an orphan named Iro who is the subject of ridicule by other children and punishment by uncaring foster parents. During one of her many tours through solitary confinement in the closet, Iro’s imagination brings the her with a mission: find Pegasus. On her quest, taking with her only books and her imaginary friend Annika, Iro hides herself on an ocean...
    FULL LENGTH: OF SERPENTS AND SEA SPRAY, tells the story of an orphan named Iro who is the subject of ridicule by other children and punishment by uncaring foster parents. During one of her many tours through solitary confinement in the closet, Iro’s imagination brings the her with a mission: find Pegasus. On her quest, taking with her only books and her imaginary friend Annika, Iro hides herself on an ocean liner, joins a circus, and has many other adventures... and along the way finds the truth about the death of her parents.
  • Mom's Ham
    TEN MINUTE: A ten-minute adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MOM’S HAM follows a woman’s desperate attempt to make a perfect Christmas feast in honor of her mother’s recent passing.
  • Lean In With Liz!
    TEN MINUTE: A new mom fights with her 13 year-old self about going back to work or staying home longer with the new baby.
  • Employee of the Month
    TEN MINUTE: A disagreement over what employee of the month Jordan should wear in her honorary photo for the company website is made complicated by the presence of her teenage daughter and every day sexism.
  • Swallowed
    Finalist: City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting, City Theatre, 2018

    TEN MINUTE: Three young scientists film their own destruction in an attempt to wake up to the world to the reality of climate change.
  • The Garden
    TEN MINUTE: While beautifying their neighborhood with a community garden, Lauren and Rose make an unsettling discovery that brings up the racism and elitism that gentrification is so often entrenched in.
  • The Final Debate
    TEN-MINUTE: While preparing for their annual debate in front of the whole school, Jaime and Courtlin receive devastating news.
  • The Red Truck, a monologue
    A woman tries to define a terrible situation through a past experience.
  • Toxic
    ONE ACT: Football is life, and boys are men in this twenty minute one act about gender roles. Chris is having a day the worst day of his young life, he’s been dumped by his girlfriend, and is possibly kicked off the football team, when he accidentally hits a raccoon. When he discovers the animal is dead everything proves too much and Chris falls to pieces, which prompts Brandon, his best friend and most true...
    ONE ACT: Football is life, and boys are men in this twenty minute one act about gender roles. Chris is having a day the worst day of his young life, he’s been dumped by his girlfriend, and is possibly kicked off the football team, when he accidentally hits a raccoon. When he discovers the animal is dead everything proves too much and Chris falls to pieces, which prompts Brandon, his best friend and most true worshiper, to follow suit. Because if the star of your life isn’t a star, what does that make you? Toxic is a fast ride about status, masculinity, and how people are and are not allowed to behave.
  • Break Room
    ONE ACT: The evening spirals out of control for Luke and Chloe, as the two try desperately to hold onto one another as their situation changes. Luke, an almost thirty year old assistant manager at Target, has put together a celebration for his co-worker and girlfriend, Chloe, who happens to still be in high school. Unfortunately, what’s good news for Luke devastates Chloe, and she lashes out with the only...
    ONE ACT: The evening spirals out of control for Luke and Chloe, as the two try desperately to hold onto one another as their situation changes. Luke, an almost thirty year old assistant manager at Target, has put together a celebration for his co-worker and girlfriend, Chloe, who happens to still be in high school. Unfortunately, what’s good news for Luke devastates Chloe, and she lashes out with the only weapon she has until a new balance can be reached between them. Break Room is one continuous scene with two characters.
  • Presenting: Super Cat & Reptile Robot In The Tremendous Tickle Trouble
    ONE ACT, early development: On the brink of the most wonderful/awesome/amazing sleep-over in recorded history two friends grapple with who gets to call the shots and how to tell someone tickling just isn't your thing.
  • Clever Catherine
    ONE ACT: In the midst of his daily chores, Farmer comes across a beautiful golden mortar and decides, despite his daughter Catherine’s warnings, to present it the King as a gift. When the King asks for a golden pestle to match, in the same manner that Catherine had warned he would, the Farmer is understandably upset. When the King learns that Catherine had predicted his statement exactly he gives Farmer another...
    ONE ACT: In the midst of his daily chores, Farmer comes across a beautiful golden mortar and decides, despite his daughter Catherine’s warnings, to present it the King as a gift. When the King asks for a golden pestle to match, in the same manner that Catherine had warned he would, the Farmer is understandably upset. When the King learns that Catherine had predicted his statement exactly he gives Farmer another riddle for her. After a series of riddles go back and forth between the King and Catherine, the King decides to marry this clever girl. Soon he finds out though, that if you marry a clever girl, you get a clever Queen, when Catherine cannot help but meddle in the affairs of state. Now Catherine must use all her wits to save her marriage and prove to the King that he needs her to help him run the kingdom.
  • Much Ado About Mathletes
    ONE ACT: An all-girls mathletes team (that ponders in iambic pentameter) is shaken to its core when it's asked to do the unthinkable... Let a boy join their team.
  • No Talking Allowed!
    TEN MINUTE: Adapted from an African folk story, NO TALKING ALLOWED follows Jordan through a day of stressful tests and unexpected talking companions.
  • I Said Run.
    TEN MINUTE: Shadow, Ivy, and Dolores have gathered together to snap their friend Mara out of whatever funk she's been in. Sadly, it might be the last thing they ever do.
  • The Elves
    TEN MINUTE: In this dark 10-minute Christmas play, there's a reason kids don't come back from the North Pole, and it isn't the frost bite, it's the forever-rhyming blood thirsty elves. Doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice, they will get you.
  • Oy, Oy, Oy, Merry Christmas!
    TEN MINUTE: The time has come for Moeshe to fill in his grand daughter, Sarah, on their family’s greatest secret and ask her to join in the cause. The fate of the Jewish people is on the line… If only he could get her to stop laughing at him.
  • How Gretchen Stole Christmas
    TEN MINUTE: A Seuss-inspired Christmas comedy about a teenage runaway and her selfish return home for the holidays.
  • The Red House Monster
    ONE ACT: The story of Hannah Gold, a young lady living on an island off the coast of Massachusetts in the late 1800s, and the night that changed her life. Filled with small town lore, haunted houses, spirits, monsters, pistols, pie, and mysteries, it is a play that will keep you guessing just what is in the Red House, and who, in fact, you should be afraid of.

    Inspired by the myth of Geryon and...
    ONE ACT: The story of Hannah Gold, a young lady living on an island off the coast of Massachusetts in the late 1800s, and the night that changed her life. Filled with small town lore, haunted houses, spirits, monsters, pistols, pie, and mysteries, it is a play that will keep you guessing just what is in the Red House, and who, in fact, you should be afraid of.

    Inspired by the myth of Geryon and Hercules, and Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle."
  • Blue, a monologue
    A woman grapples with the 2016 election and her Jewish heritage.
  • Red Days
    FULL LENGTH, early development: As the air quality in Salt Lake climbs to crisis levels, we follow Dianna through four seasons, trying to balance school, her running team, and pursuing her passion. But as she nears the end of her senior year, she's forced to decide if her running dream truly belongs to her, or if it's more her mother's, while around her the serious effects of the air quality...
    FULL LENGTH, early development: As the air quality in Salt Lake climbs to crisis levels, we follow Dianna through four seasons, trying to balance school, her running team, and pursuing her passion. But as she nears the end of her senior year, she's forced to decide if her running dream truly belongs to her, or if it's more her mother's, while around her the serious effects of the air quality wreak havoc on those athletes who dare breath hard in the open air.
  • Operation Chicken Takeover
    They've been planning for months. They trust their intel. It's now or never. The chickens of the backyard WILL be taking over the house, at the most opportune time- when the people aren't home. But two cats from the inside are warned of the attack. Will the cats muster the bravery to stop the chickens? Or will everyone, inside the house and out, live under the feathered rule of General Snowflake...
    They've been planning for months. They trust their intel. It's now or never. The chickens of the backyard WILL be taking over the house, at the most opportune time- when the people aren't home. But two cats from the inside are warned of the attack. Will the cats muster the bravery to stop the chickens? Or will everyone, inside the house and out, live under the feathered rule of General Snowflake?

    (No pets were harmed in the making of this play.)
  • Ghost House
    Bane and Corse have a quiet life of checkers, watching live-things out the window, and the occasional thrill of spooking when kids wander willingly into their house. And, as luck would have it, little live-things DO slink in tonight. Gray and their pals are hoping to gain bragging rights by making it a full night in this, the hauntedest of all haunted houses. The spooking gets doubled when Royal, Gray's...
    Bane and Corse have a quiet life of checkers, watching live-things out the window, and the occasional thrill of spooking when kids wander willingly into their house. And, as luck would have it, little live-things DO slink in tonight. Gray and their pals are hoping to gain bragging rights by making it a full night in this, the hauntedest of all haunted houses. The spooking gets doubled when Royal, Gray's older sibling joins the fun, hoping to scare Gray and company out of their wits. But Bane and Corse have that covered, which Royal and the rest of the kids realize all too late! A silly, spooky play written to be performed digitally.
  • The Summer I Howled
    FULL LENGTH (early development): Welcome to Camp Gray Pine where campers spend weeks breathing in fresh air, soaking up nature, and learn the importance of friendship, healthy competition, and curing ancient curses. When seasoned camper Woolf wanders into the woods with new-kid Mike past curfew on the first night of camp, neither of them realize they’re walking under a full moon, or what is creeping near them...
    FULL LENGTH (early development): Welcome to Camp Gray Pine where campers spend weeks breathing in fresh air, soaking up nature, and learn the importance of friendship, healthy competition, and curing ancient curses. When seasoned camper Woolf wanders into the woods with new-kid Mike past curfew on the first night of camp, neither of them realize they’re walking under a full moon, or what is creeping near them in the trees, until it’s too late. Woolf is bit forcing her friends to drop everything and figure out how to keep her from going full-fledged werewolf before the next full moon. Can they navigate around Capture the Flag, basket weaving, ghost stories, and the dreaded Camp Gray Pine oatmeal to find a cure, keep their friend’s secret, and not raise suspicion? And when a cure is found, how far is too far to help your dearest friend? Pull up a log and lean close to the campfire, some stories are just better with s’mores.