Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to explore the many facets of womanhood. The National New Play Network (NNPN) featured Tight End in aworkshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016. Tight End was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival in 2017 and received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award. Tight End received its world premiere with 20% Theatre Company Chicago and will receive its regional premiere with Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas. Rachel’s other full-length plays have been workshopped with Chicago companies like Cock and Bull Theatre, the Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago, and the Chicago Dramatists. Her play, The Big Fuckin’ Giant, is currently in workshop with Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming for their Playwrights’ Voiced Festival. Rachel’s ten-minute plays have been produced in the Midwest and West Coast. She is also published in RiverSedge Arts andLiterary Journal. Rachel is a playwriting affiliate with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA from Ohio University. www.rachelbykowskiplays.com
NewCritcriticism & analysis
Rachel Bykowski looks at Dana Lynn Formby’s American Beauty Shop and Kristiana Rae Col ó n’s good friday and asks: is it possible for women playwrights to tell truthful stories of the female experience and male oppression when men hold the majority of leadership positions in the American theatre?