Francis Weiss Rabkin

Francis Weiss Rabkin

Francis Weiss Rabkin is a writer and performance maker interested in multidisciplinary theater drawing from poetry, dance, visual art, and academic contexts. Their plays and collaborations have been presented in Philadelphia, Chicago, and in New York at HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Bushwick Starr, the Prelude Festival, and The Brick Theater. They are honored to have received residencies at the Wassaic Project, the...
Francis Weiss Rabkin is a writer and performance maker interested in multidisciplinary theater drawing from poetry, dance, visual art, and academic contexts. Their plays and collaborations have been presented in Philadelphia, Chicago, and in New York at HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Bushwick Starr, the Prelude Festival, and The Brick Theater. They are honored to have received residencies at the Wassaic Project, the Millay Colony, the Drama League of New York, Dixon Place, and Abrons Arts Center. They are an alumni of the NYTW 2050 Fellowship (2016-17). Covenant was chosen as a semi-finalist for the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

Plays

  • Covenant
    Covenant is a play about witchcraft and the emergence of capitalism. In 17th-century England, a coven of witches and radical peasants team up to save the Commons. Inspired by Silvia Federici's scholarship, witch trial documents, and the Digger movement, the play traces our late-capitalist chaos back to the source.
  • Won't Be a Ghost
    Won't Be a Ghost is a collaborative theater piece--part-essay, part-oratorio, part-internet chat--about martyrdom and the queer body. Meditating on the nebulous intersection of three subjects, Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence specialist who leaked documents to Wikileaks, the Weimar-era German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, and St. Sebastian, Won't Be a Ghost asks the audience to question the...
    Won't Be a Ghost is a collaborative theater piece--part-essay, part-oratorio, part-internet chat--about martyrdom and the queer body. Meditating on the nebulous intersection of three subjects, Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence specialist who leaked documents to Wikileaks, the Weimar-era German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, and St. Sebastian, Won't Be a Ghost asks the audience to question the power of bodies, the impulse toward truth, and the intimacy of the internet. With music and lyrics by Leslie Allison.