Rachel Leighson

Rachel Leighson

Rachel Leighson is an actor/playwright based in NYC and LA. Her writing ranges from TYA to Victorian Horror, but she focuses her work on exploring gray morality and the nuances of women's justice.
Off Broadway: "Blood on My Mother's Apron" (Theatre Row).
Regional: "Little Egg, Big World" (National Women's Theatre Festival)
Off Off Broadway: "The...
Rachel Leighson is an actor/playwright based in NYC and LA. Her writing ranges from TYA to Victorian Horror, but she focuses her work on exploring gray morality and the nuances of women's justice.
Off Broadway: "Blood on My Mother's Apron" (Theatre Row).
Regional: "Little Egg, Big World" (National Women's Theatre Festival)
Off Off Broadway: "The Scarcity of Illness" (The Skeleton Rep)
Rachel is also a resident writer with Captivate Writers Collective

Plays

  • Little Egg, Big World
    As two sides of one life, Little Egg and Grown Uterus as they struggle to reconcile themselves as both a donor child and an egg donor. Along the way, they sort the unsortable thoughts with a host of real and imagined characters of life from parents, to geneticists, to google itself. As Little Egg searches for her father and Grown Uterus tries to come to terms with anonymous donation, the two navigate through...
    As two sides of one life, Little Egg and Grown Uterus as they struggle to reconcile themselves as both a donor child and an egg donor. Along the way, they sort the unsortable thoughts with a host of real and imagined characters of life from parents, to geneticists, to google itself. As Little Egg searches for her father and Grown Uterus tries to come to terms with anonymous donation, the two navigate through trials of identity, abandonment, betrayal, curiosity, love, and discovery.

    A story about reproductive justice, inherited experiences, and family.
  • Blood on My Mother's Apron
    Ten years after Jack the Ripper shook British society to its core, another brutal crime hits the headlines: Amelia Dyer is arrested on suspicion of murdering over 300 infants, including her own daughter and son. Her one surviving child, Polly Dyer may be the key to her mother’s conviction -- if she can bring herself to remember the past. With the help of her friend Charlotte Cullum and renowned prosecutor...
    Ten years after Jack the Ripper shook British society to its core, another brutal crime hits the headlines: Amelia Dyer is arrested on suspicion of murdering over 300 infants, including her own daughter and son. Her one surviving child, Polly Dyer may be the key to her mother’s conviction -- if she can bring herself to remember the past. With the help of her friend Charlotte Cullum and renowned prosecutor Horace Avery, Polly discovers that our traditional ideas of motherhood can often hide an untamable darkness.
  • The Scarcity of Illness: A Modern Golem Myth Play
    Dr. Baer is determined to save their young patient, Hannah, at any cost - whether or not Hannah is willing to pay it.
  • La Morte Finale
    A meeting across history of a young executioner on the eve of a life change and a woman the Grand Guignol forgot. In time, perhaps Marguerite Cane and Paula Maxa can save each other's souls.