Rachel Bublitz

Rachel Bublitz

Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. Her play "Of Serpents & Sea Spray" was commissioned and produced by Custom Made Theatre and received a second production with This is Water Theatre. Her full-length "Ripped" won the 2018 Detroit New Works Festival and has been developed by theaters across the country including Z Space, Salt Lake Acting Company,...
Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. Her play "Of Serpents & Sea Spray" was commissioned and produced by Custom Made Theatre and received a second production with This is Water Theatre. Her full-length "Ripped" won the 2018 Detroit New Works Festival and has been developed by theaters across the country including Z Space, Salt Lake Acting Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Nasty Theatre Company, and Bristol Valley Theater. Another full-length, "Let’s Fix Andy," was a finalist for Playwrights Foundation’s 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and is receiving a development production in the 2019 Wyoming Theater Festival. The Egyptian Youtheatre has commissioned two plays from Rachel; "Cheerleaders VS. Aliens," which was produced in May of 2018, and "The Night Witches," which will have a world premiere in the summer of 2019. Her ten-minute play "Really Adult" was a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2017 Heideman Award and was just produced in the Wet Paint New Play Festival in New York City. Rachel has also worked with 20% Theatre Company Chicago, PlayGround, Plan-B Theatre, San Jose Repertory, and many others. Her plays have been published with YouthPLAYS, Smith & Kraus, and Eldridge Publishing. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and has an Masters in English and an Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her two viking-like kids. For more, visit RachelBublitz.com.

Plays

  • Ripped
    FULL LENGTH: Lucy, a freshman in college, is torn between her excitement about the new people in her life and having to leave her old life and loves behind. As she struggles to find a balance between the new and the old, a sexual encounter leaves her confused and concerned that she may have been a victim of rape. The play moves back and forth through time and space as Lucy tries to piece together the unraveling...
    FULL LENGTH: Lucy, a freshman in college, is torn between her excitement about the new people in her life and having to leave her old life and loves behind. As she struggles to find a balance between the new and the old, a sexual encounter leaves her confused and concerned that she may have been a victim of rape. The play moves back and forth through time and space as Lucy tries to piece together the unraveling interactions between herself and the two young men she’s torn between, illuminating the events behind her uncertainty and sparking questions regarding consent.
  • 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.
  • Burst
    FULL LENGTH: As Tactix, an environmental tech company, sits on the verge of its next round of funding, founder and CEO Sarah Boyd must persevere through a late night interview with a particularly tough reporter 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.
  • 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. Lead 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.
  • Once A Spy
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Presenting: Super Cat & Reptile Robot In The Terrible 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.
  • 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 Night Witches
    ONE ACT, early development: The first women to fly in combat flew for Russia during the second world war, they were known as the Night Witches. They flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes during the night to keep them from sleeping. Using movement, song, and lyrically styled dialogue we follow these brave women through one evening during the war.