Rachel Bykowski

Rachel Bykowski

Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to raise awareness of social issues while exploring the many facets of womanhood. Specifically, much of her writing analyzes gender roles, rape culture, and male privilege. The National New Play Network (NNPN) featured Rachel’s full-length play TIGHT END in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016 and was a Top 20 Finalist for...
Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to raise awareness of social issues while exploring the many facets of womanhood. Specifically, much of her writing analyzes gender roles, rape culture, and male privilege. The National New Play Network (NNPN) featured Rachel’s full-length play TIGHT END in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016 and was a Top 20 Finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival in 2017. Rachel’s other full-length plays have been workshopped with Chicago companies like Cock and Bull Theatre and the Women’s Theatre Alliance. Her ten-minute plays have been produced in the Midwest and West Coast including Arc Theatre, Fury Theatre, Commedia Beauregard, San Diego Theatre Lab, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Company. Her ten-minute play ALWAYS is published in RIVERSEDGE arts and literary journal 2017. Rachel is a playwriting alumni with NNPN. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA in playwriting at Ohio University. She is a proud company member and Literary Manager for 20% Theatre Chicago. Check out her website www.rachelbykowskiplays.com

Plays

  • Tight End
    Ash (believe me, you do not want to call her “Ashley”) Miller’s dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans’ Homecoming game. Football is in her blood. In order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game.
  • The Big Fuckin' Giant
    Darren is the Big Fuckin’ Giant. He is ranked 3rd in the nation for collegiate wrestling and the leading athlete at the Alpha Psi fraternity. The day before the NCAA conference, Darren announces to his teammates, Chris and Bill, he is leaving wrestling. However, a promise he made to Chris, the runt of the team, keeps Darren on the mat for one more night. Darren must help Chris become an official “Alpha” by...
    Darren is the Big Fuckin’ Giant. He is ranked 3rd in the nation for collegiate wrestling and the leading athlete at the Alpha Psi fraternity. The day before the NCAA conference, Darren announces to his teammates, Chris and Bill, he is leaving wrestling. However, a promise he made to Chris, the runt of the team, keeps Darren on the mat for one more night. Darren must help Chris become an official “Alpha” by using a Judy blow-up doll. The more Darren starts to embrace the fraternity ritual, the harder it becomes for him to leave the mat. The Big Fuckin' Giant specifically analyzes white, male privilege and how it contributes to violence against women.
  • Always
    ALWAYS explores the relationship between a single father and his daughter. The character of Daughter has locked herself in the bathroom after a mortifying experience with her first period. It is now up to the character of Father to help support his daughter and help her realize her own strength and courage as she enters this new phase in her life.
  • Blueberry Pie
    A short, one woman play about Lizzie who stands in front of a potential lover and decides if he deserves her grandmother's secret blueberry pie recipe.
  • Making Charlie or A Girl Named Charlie
    Charlie is finally the starting pitcher for the St. Joseph’s Wolves high school baseball team. Pitching is all Charlie wants to do. Pitching a no-hitter means control and all Charlie wants is control of that mound. But Charlie has a secret that makes him different from the rest of the boys on the field. Charlie is actually a girl who has been pretending to be a boy since childhood. When St. Joe’s welcomes Amy,...
    Charlie is finally the starting pitcher for the St. Joseph’s Wolves high school baseball team. Pitching is all Charlie wants to do. Pitching a no-hitter means control and all Charlie wants is control of that mound. But Charlie has a secret that makes him different from the rest of the boys on the field. Charlie is actually a girl who has been pretending to be a boy since childhood. When St. Joe’s welcomes Amy, an ace softball pitcher with the fastest pitch in their division as the first and only girl on the team, Charlie must now defend her place on the mound.