Rachel Bykowski

Rachel Bykowski

Rachel, a Chicago native, writes plays to raise awareness about social issues. Specifically, much of her writing features women and analyzes gender roles, rape culture, and male privilege. Rachel’s full-length play TIGHT END was selected by the National New Play Network to be workshopped at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights' Festival. Other playwriting credits include her full lengths: ORIGINAL...
Rachel, a Chicago native, writes plays to raise awareness about social issues. Specifically, much of her writing features women and analyzes gender roles, rape culture, and male privilege. Rachel’s full-length play TIGHT END was selected by the National New Play Network to be workshopped at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights' Festival. Other playwriting credits include her full lengths: ORIGINAL RECIPE workshop production (DePaul University,) GOT TO KILL BITCH staged reading (Cock and Bull Theatre,) GLORY VS. THE WOLVES staged reading (20% Theatre Company and Women and Children First Bookstore,) and A GIRL NAMED CHARLIE staged reading (Ohio University). Rachel’s ten minute plays have been produced with various companies around Chicago and the Midwest including 20% Theatre Company, Fury Theatre, Commedia Beauregard, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Company. Rachel received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School of DePaul University and is currently attending Ohio University for her MFA in Playwriting. Rachel is a proud company member and Literary Manager for 20% Theatre Chicago. For more information, check out her website www.rachelbykowskiplays.com

Plays

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Voodoo Doll
    In a play that specifically analyzes white, male privilege and how it contributes to violence against women, we meet three, Caucasian, college fraternity brothers Darren, Chris, and Bill. After a fight with his girlfriend Amanda, Darren has recently locked himself in the basement of the fraternity and refuses to participate in the wrestling regional conference championship tomorrow. Chris and Bill both know...
    In a play that specifically analyzes white, male privilege and how it contributes to violence against women, we meet three, Caucasian, college fraternity brothers Darren, Chris, and Bill. After a fight with his girlfriend Amanda, Darren has recently locked himself in the basement of the fraternity and refuses to participate in the wrestling regional conference championship tomorrow. Chris and Bill both know that Darren is the heart and soul of the team and pledge to do whatever it takes it get Darren out of the basement and back on the mat. Bill believes all Darren needs is his confidence back and to show Amanda who is in charge. Bill and Chris decide to set up a makeshift voodoo ritual involving a blowup doll so Darren could be allowed to take out all of his frustrations on the doll no matter how violent.
  • 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.
  • 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, but 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.