Rachel’s full-length play “Tight End” is among one of the 20 finalists for the D.C Source Festival! The play already was developed at the Kennedy Center MFA workshop. Congrats Rachel!!
Here’s more about Source Festival:
CulturalDC’s Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 24 new works over three weeks. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.
Now in its ninth year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the district’s actors, directors, and designers. In the last nine years, three of the Source Festival Full-Length Plays have been finalists for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s remarkable PERFECT ARRANGEMENT (Source Festival 2013) won the ATCA’s 2013 Osborn Award and Nathan Alan Davis’ outstanding DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA (Source Festival 2014) received the ATCA Steinberg Citation in 2015. COLLAPSING SILENCE, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. The Festival continues to deepen its engagement with playwrights and the Washington community as a whole though script development workshops and partnerships.
More about Rachel
Rachel Bykowski, 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. TIGHT END will be receiving its world premiere production with 20% Theatre Company Chicago in May of 2017. Rachel was one of six graduate students at Ohio University to be awarded a Named Fellowship, The Trisolini. The Trisolini will allow Rachel to work with Ohio University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department to research violence against women perpetrated by male privilege for the 2016-2017 academic year. This research will be showcased in her thesis play VOODOO DOLL during the 2017 Seabury Quinn Playwrights’ Festival at Ohio University. 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.rachelbykowski.com