In a world in which men are no longer trusted to make decisions concerning their own bodies, women hold all of the cards.
Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright known for telling stories about women, and creating exciting new work for young performers. She received the prestigious Will Glickman Award for the best premiere play in the San Francisco Bay Area for her full-length Ripped, produced at Z Space. She’s been commissioned by the Egyptian YouTheatre (Cheerleaders VS. Aliens, The Night Witches, and The Summer I Howled) and PlayGround (Mommy Dances With The Devil). Her full-length Burst was selected for MACH 33, a festival of new science plays at the Pasadena Playhouse. She’s been published with Dramatic Publishing, Pioneer Drama Service, YouthPLAYS, and Stage Partners. Rachel resides in Salt Lake City, where she’s worked with Salt Lake Acting Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and is a member of The Lab at Plan-B Theatre. When she isn’t writing she’s baking pies for her incredibly supportive family. For more visit: RachelBublitz.com.
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I started in acting and directing, but, as I was pregnant when I finished up my bachelor degree, it was difficult to jump in to doing either after I was done with school. But it was hard for me to be away from theater. I decided to try my hand at writing plays, as I’d written tons of bad poetry through high school, and it made for much cheaper babysitting costs. I quickly feel deeply in love with writing, turns out I was much better writing plays than poems! Since then I’ve never looked back.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
I wrote MY BODY for a festival in the Bay Area called ReproRights! I wanted to flip the issue on its head and write about it in an absurd, funny, and cringe-inducing way.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
tenacious, funny, nuanced, energetic, and moving
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Brautigan, Paula Vogel, and Shirley Jackson.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
In my teenage years I sustained almost entirely by burritos and swimming in the ocean.
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, Open by Crystal Skillman, Teenage Dick by Mike Lew, Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties by Jenn Silverman, Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, and Abortion Road Trip by Rachel Lynett.
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
My play THE NIGHT WITCHES will be available soon from Dramatic Publishing as both a full-length and one-act. Currently writing a brand new piece to be preformed virtually by the University of Utah.