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

  • Rev
    A Midwestern, middle class story about what makes you call a piece of land, home. Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her Daddy, and Route 66. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in her Daddy’s car repair shop, Camaro dreams of hitting the road. Taking historic Route 66 all the way to where the water meets the land and she’s not talking about Lake Michigan....
    A Midwestern, middle class story about what makes you call a piece of land, home. Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her Daddy, and Route 66. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in her Daddy’s car repair shop, Camaro dreams of hitting the road. Taking historic Route 66 all the way to where the water meets the land and she’s not talking about Lake Michigan. Start in Chicago, south to Springfield, then St. Louis, cut through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and in ten days, there you are… the West Coast with the ocean at your feet. Camaro has never seen the ocean before, only in her Daddy’s stories. She is determined to break out of the Southside and take him back to his home. Camaro keeps her daddy’s heart in the repair shop: a 1967 Chevy Camaro engine. For the last ten years, since her daddy passed away, she has been trying to get that baby to rev. Today might be the day, if it wasn’t for the customers still coming in and a lot full of cars that need a lot of work. Something keeps her showing up everyday. Whether it’s the motor oil, diesel fuel, or rusty carbonators, she keeps plunging her hands in the grease because it feels like home.
  • 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.
  • The House the Grants Built
    Lisa and her daughter Rebecca are busy cleaning out the basement of their Great, Great, Great Grandmother, Rebecca May Grant's house. This house has been in the Grant family since 1850. History was made here. This house saw three generations of women fight for women's rights in the Suffrage Movement. Now, the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter, Rebecca, is ready to carry her namesake into Congress as...
    Lisa and her daughter Rebecca are busy cleaning out the basement of their Great, Great, Great Grandmother, Rebecca May Grant's house. This house has been in the Grant family since 1850. History was made here. This house saw three generations of women fight for women's rights in the Suffrage Movement. Now, the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter, Rebecca, is ready to carry her namesake into Congress as she prepares to run for Senator of Maryland. Rebecca would make her foremothers proud being liberal, pro-choice, and for all women's rights. However, the deeper Lisa and Rebecca dig into the clutter of the basement, the more family secrets they discover that they would have preferred left hidden.
  • 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.
  • For California...With Love, Norma Jeane
    California “Callie” Clarke is an undergraduate film student attending the university of her dreams. Only 50 students are accepted into Knox University’s Film program; 25 will be cut by the end of the first year. If that were not enough, the University’s tuition is far from cheap. In order to pay the high tuition, Callie gets in front of the camera as Norma Jeane, her internet porn persona. She juggles her life...
    California “Callie” Clarke is an undergraduate film student attending the university of her dreams. Only 50 students are accepted into Knox University’s Film program; 25 will be cut by the end of the first year. If that were not enough, the University’s tuition is far from cheap. In order to pay the high tuition, Callie gets in front of the camera as Norma Jeane, her internet porn persona. She juggles her life as Norma Jeane and as Callie trying to prove she belongs in the elite film program. When her identity as Norma Jeane is discovered, Callie decides to fight against the rampant slut shaming and prove the value of her art and body.
  • 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.