Rachel Bonds

Rachel Bonds

Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Arden and New York Stage & Film, among others.

Her plays include: SUNDOWN,...
Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Studio Theatre, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Arden and New York Stage & Film, among others.

Her plays include: SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, a play with songs by The Bengsons (Ars Nova & WP Theatre, NY Times Critic's Pick); CURVE OF DEPARTURE (South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre, Northlight); AT THE OLD PLACE (La Jolla Playhouse); FIVE MILE LAKE (South Coast Rep, McCarter, Weissberger Award); SWIMMERS (Marin Theatre Co, Sky Cooper Prize); THE WOLFE TWINS (Studio Theatre); ALMA (Atlantic Theatre Company commission); MICHAEL & EDIE (Greenpoint Division, NY Times Critic's Pick); WINTER GAMES (Humana Festival, Heideman Award, Public Radio's "Playing on Air"); and ANNIVERSARY (EST’s Marathon of One-Act Plays, Sam French OOB Festival Winner and Public Radio’s “Playing on Air.”)

Bonds was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. She is an Alumna of EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She has also been both a Fr. William Ralston Fellow and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has served as a frequent Volunteer/Playwright for the 52nd Street Project. She is a graduate of Brown University.

She is currently working on commissions for McCarter Theatre and for The Geffen, with composer Zoe Sarnak.

Plays

  • Sundown, Yellow Moon, a play with songs by The Bengsons
    While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters Ray and Joey return home to find their father in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in. Sundown, Yellow Moon is an ethereal, honest, funny and sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go.
  • CURVE OF DEPARTURE
    On a balmy New Mexico night in a too-small motel room, a "ragtag little group" gathers in anticipation of the funeral that has brought them together. But the dearly departed is the least of their concerns as they all grapple with the curves life has thrown them.
  • At The Old Place
    Facing a breaking point, a middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to hide with a bottle and book of poetry. But a chance encounter with two young people camped out on her lawn leads to the discovery of the common bond that connects uncommon people. This keenly-observed, slice-of-life play evokes long nights spent on the grass with friends, considering the roads not taken – and the best way forward.
  • SWIMMERS
    Coyotes evading police. Billboards predicting the end of the world. It’s been a strange day at the office and it’s only 9AM. A play exploring the relationships we take most for granted: those with the people we work with every day.
  • ALMA
    Just as Millie's new relationship with Tavi begins to deepen, she finds herself drawn to Will, a lonely cartoonist, whose secrets share a strange symmetry with her own.
  • FIRECRACKER
    Tasha has recently returned to her home in the rural south, tight-lipped about the past decade and determined to make a new start with Calvin, a local boy she knew as a teenager. When her former drama teacher, fueled by white wine and regret, comes over to “catch up,” the fabric of Tasha's new life begins to unravel.
  • THE WOLFE TWINS
    Lewis invites his estranged sister Dana on a trip to Rome to reconnect. But when he befriends a beautiful stranger, old wounds fester and intimate secrets are revealed.
  • FIVE MILE LAKE
    A moving portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world.