Rachel Bublitz

Writer

First Draft of NO MAP Complete

Just typed my favorite three words, “end of play,” on my first draft of NO MAP! It is probably the biggest mess of a first draft I’ve ever written, but it’s finished and I never have to write the first draft of this play again. I’ve been wanting to write a road trip play for a while now, and while I know it needs a fun-ton of work to get it in any kind of submission ready shape, I’m proud that I got this one out because this play that fought me the whole freaking time. Now to find some kind souls who can lend me their vocal talents for a few hours so I can find out just how much of a hot-mess it really is.

One out of six plays down for 2017! BOOM!

Last Night’s RIPPED Reading at Salt Lake Acting Company

Last night Salt Lake Acting Company hosted an in-house reading of RIPPED. It was part of their Starving Students program, which by the way, if you’re a student in the area you should be 100% taking advantage of this program; it includes discount tickets to show (super discounted), as well as master classes throughout the semester. Last night was one of those master classes, the students all got the script ahead of time and showed up ready to read. We drew names out of a hat to get our actors and dove right in.

For a cold read of not the easiest script, in regards to content as well as how much the main character talks, they nailed it. I was so impressed! Something that I’d not thought of before was how much having age appropriate actors in the roles would affect the script. I’ve always used mid-twenty to thirty-ish aged actors who looked younger, and never thought twice about it. But seeing people barely out of their teens, people who are still forming into adults, bump into one another through the the story was heartbreaking and made the point of the play hit much harder. Following the reading we had a discussion and they impressed me all over again with their questions ranging from specifics about the play to process and craft. It was helpful to hear how close this play hit to home with them. Basically I’m saying it was a fantastic night and if this is how Salt Lake Company rolls, I can’t wait for another chance to work with them.

I’m not sure what’s next for RIPPED, for now I’ll keep sending it out like a crazy woman because I believe it’s a play people need to see. And don’t worry, as soon as it’s something that you can see, I’ll be sure to let you know all about it.

MY BODY a Short Political Play

I wrote MY BODY back in 2012 for an evening benefitting Planned Parenthood hosted by Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco called Repro Rights!. It went on to be performed around the country and is currently published in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014 ten-minute play anthology.

MY BODY by Rachel Bublitz

CHARACTERS:

Laura, female, 35-55, has an authoritative presence.

Patrick, male, 28-35.

Sally, female, 20-30.

LAURA’s government office. LAURA is on stage. LAURA presses the button on her intercom.

LAURA

Sally, please send in my next appointment.

PATRICK enters. PATRICK wears a robotic looking collar around his neck.

LAURA (CONTINUED)

Good afternoon, my name is Laura Goodman. I’ll be reviewing your case today.

PATRICK

Good afternoon.

LAURA

You want approval for the permanent removal of your collar, correct?

PATRICK

Yes ma’am.

LAURA

And you have all of your paperwork in order?

PATRICK

Yes ma’am, it’s all there.

LAURA

Please sit down. It’s nice to see such a young man with his priorities straight. Well, hand over your paperwork.

PATRICK hands LAURA a thick questionnaire. LAURA reads through it.

PATRICK

I’ve included three letters of recommendation, instead the minimum of two.

LAURA

I see, very nice. Patrick Hill, is it?

PATRICK

Yes.

LAURA

This is very well organized. I can tell that you took the time. You’d be amazed at how many botched applications I get in here everyday.

PATRICK

I can only imagine.

LAURA turns the first page and begins to read the second page.

LAURA

Steady income, you’ve been teaching for seven years?

PATRICK

That’s correct.

LAURA

What grade do you teach?

PATRICK

Second grade.

LAURA

Like the little ones, do you?

PATRICK

I do.

LAURA

That’s nice. And I see you passed all of the disease screenings.

PATRICK

There were a lot of tests.

LAURA

We’re very serious about what we do here.

PATRICK

I can see that.

LAURA turns to the next page in the paperwork.

LAURA

Oh, there seems to be a mistake here.

PATRICK

There is?

LAURA

Are you married?

PATRICK

No.

LAURA

Engaged?

PATRICK

No.

LAURA

Are you homosexual?

PATRICK

No.

Pause.

LAURA

Is this some sort of practical joke?

PATRICK

I’m sorry?

LAURA

Did Sally put you up to this?

PATRICK

Sally?

LAURA

My assistant. She thinks she has a great sense of humor.

PATRICK

Sally has nothing to do with this. I’m here to have my collar removed.

LAURA

Do you not understand what we do here, Mr. Hill?

PATRICK

I know perfectly well.

LAURA

Then I don’t see how you thought you could just waltz in here without a marriage certificate and think that we’d approve your application.

LAURA opens a drawer to retrieve a “rejected” stamp and proceeds to stamp his application.

PATRICK

I just thought-

LAURA

That your three letters of recommendation would sway me? You obviously underestimated how serious we take collar removal. Please take your application and leave my office. I have serious applications I need to review.

PATRICK

It’s not right.

LAURA

What did you just say?

PATRICK

The collars. It’s not fair.

LAURA

Fair? You’re talking to me about fair? Are you familiar with our figures Mr. Hill? Since collars have been implemented, we’ve eradicated sexually transmitted disease. Rape and sexual abuse is down 99%, and there aren’t any repeat offenders. Molestation is down 98%. These collars make the world a better place.

PATRICK

But at what cost?

LAURA

What cost? Nothing is more important than the safety of the women and children in this country. You should understand that, being a teacher.

PATRICK

I agree that sexual abuse is wrong, but can you really punish the masses for the mistakes of the few?

LAURA

You categorize rape merely as a mistake?

PATRICK

I think rape is wrong, obviously, and-

LAURA

And child molestation? Is that just another mistake to you? What grade do you teach again?

PATRICK

Second. But I would never-

LAURA

I know you wouldn’t. You can’t. For the good of us all.

PATRICK

But I have rights!

LAURA

James 1:14, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.” Giving into your lust and self satisfying is a sin. Besides, abandoning your seed is an abomination! Child abandonment.

PATRICK

It’s not a child, it’s just… It’s just biological waste.

LAURA

It’s a potential child. Do you know how many unwanted children are born every year in this country?

PATRICK

None.

LAURA

That’s right. Zero. The only country in the world. Children today are born into families that have the resources to care for them. The high school drop out rate is nonexistent, and we are at 100% literacy. A far cry from the archaic ways of our past.

PATRICK

But it’s my body! Don’t I have a say in the matter?

LAURA

Now I know this is a joke. Your body? Are you serious with this rhetoric?

PATRICK

Very serious. It is my body, I have the right to do whatever I want with it.

LAURA

Oh Mr. Hill, it’s much too important a choice for us to let you decide it on your own. I mean, every day, day in and out, it’s just too much of a temptation for men.

PATRICK

I’m an adult! I vote, this is my body! Mine! You can’t tell me what I can and cannot do with it. I demand that you remove my collar. Remove it now! Right now! I can make good choices, I will make good choices. But it’s my body, let me make my own choices!

LAURA

Oh you poor dear. The government has decided that you don’t have the mental capacity to make to follow the correct path on your own, and rightly so. We had to take charge. It’s for your own good.

PATRICK

But-

LAURA

No buts. Just listen. You have been rejected for collar removal today. Unless you want me to call security, I recommend you leave my office. You should know if I do call security I will stamp your application with my “permanently rejected” stamp. Which will make you ineligible for collar removal.

PATRICK

You have the power to permanently reject me?

LAURA

Oh yes, we also have much more permanent methods for containment.

PATRICK

What would… No, you couldn’t.

LAURA

It’s not pretty Patrick. Go on, get out of here. Go and meet a nice girl, come back when you’re settled. You are an excellent candidate, your application was very well organized and we appreciate that. With a wife I’m sure you’ll be approved.

PATRICK

Alright.

LAURA

There’s a good boy. I’m sure a fine looking man such as yourself won’t have a hard time finding a woman.

PATRICK

What? Oh, right. Thanks… It’s torture, what you’re doing. You’re torturing half of the population.

LAURA

I would love to chat, but I really need to get to my next appointment. Thank you for your time.

PATRICK

But-

LAURA

Remember your manners.

PATRICK

I’m sorry for wasting your time. It was nice to meet you too.

PATRICK exits. LAURA pushes the button on her intercom.

LAURA

Sally once you see Mr. Hill out please step into my office.

SALLY enters.

SALLY

Yes?

LAURA

Did Mr. Hill give you any trouble on the way out?

SALLY

No, he just wandered off. He was rejected?

LAURA

He isn’t married, not even engaged.

SALLY

You’re kidding.

LAURA

I thought it was your job to review these applications and weed out the bozos.

SALLY

Laura, they’re men, they’re all bozos.

LAURA

In the future, I expect more professionalism on your part. That application never should have reached my desk.

SALLY

You’re absolutely right, it won’t happen again.

LAURA

You’ll be out of a job if it does, do you hear me?

SALLY

Yes ma’am.

LAURA

Real uppity piece of work that one. Self righteous, you know? He said he wanted control over his body. Like it was his right or something. As if we can trust men to function in society with a working penis.

SALLY

He can’t help it Laura. After all, he’s only a man.

SALLY exits.

End of play.

Fantastic News: Egyptian Theatre Commission! #newplay

Are you ready to hear the fantastic news of the day? Great! Yesterday I signed the contract making a commission from the Egyptian Theatre official! One of the 6 plays I’ll be writing this year will be silly, campy, and packed with girl power, and it’ll be titled: CHEERLEADERS VS ALIENS. Yep, you read right. Cheerleaders fighting aliens. Last year I decided that I wanted to tackle a full length play for high school kids so I starting thinking about a play I’d have liked to have had the option of doing when I was a young theater nerd, and fighting aliens, or playing an alien was the obvious answer.

I’ll be writing the play this Spring with a week long workshop scheduled with the Egyptian Youtheatre for this summer. The play is already scheduled to be produced in the Spring of 2018. Can you imagine? A play that’s still just a thought in my head has been scheduled for production! I’m thrilled and excited and I can’t wait to get to cracking on this sci-fi adventure.

Now with the beans good and spilled I’ve got to get back to writing, don’t know if you noticed but I’m a little busy this year.

Writing for Quantum Dragon Theatre’s the Forge

And the news just keeps on coming, I’m delighted to announce that one of the six plays I’m writing this year will be for Quantum Dragon Theatre’s The Forge! The Forge is all about new play development, and will be giving this new play a developmental reading, offer dramaturgical support, and host a staged reading sometime this coming Fall. I love having early homes for plays AND having more reasons for visiting San Francisco. This satisfies both, it’s perfect!

The play I’ll be developing is tentatively called “Happily” and will have a similar style to “Of Serpents & Sea Spray”, mixing and mashing reality and fantasy life. “Happily” will focus on a single mom trying to support herself and her child while still finding time for creativity and maybe even true love.

And “Happily” isn’t the only play for this year’s Forge, I’m thrilled to be joined in this program with new plays by Claire Ann Rice, Christina Bauer, and Jennifer Lynne Roberts.

More info on the plays, the dates for the readings, and all sorts of other good stuff will come soon, so stay tuned!

First Play: NO MAP

With six new full length plays to write and with it already being the fifth day of the new year, I had better get cracking. Up first: NO MAP; three college friends on a after graduation road trip before they spread out in the world and start their adult lives. I’m excited for the challenge of writing a play which takes place only in and around a car, well at least that’s the plan for now, we’ll see how close I stick to it.

And now, time for some writing!

LEAN in WITH LIZ! Selected for Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s 2017 New Voices Play Festival

My ten minute play Lean in with Liz! has been selected as one of 8 plays to be performed with Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s 2017 New Voices Play Festival in Lewisburg, West Virginia! The full line-up of plays and playwrights is:

a.d.a.m. by Rob Burke

Barrage from the Garage by Dan Borengasser

Down on Sandusky Road by Jonathan Joy

Survival Strategy by Donna Hoke

Lean In With Liz! by Rachel Bublitz

The Magic of Niagara by Margie Semilof

The Nude by W.L. Newkirk

Picture Window by Dwayne Yancey

Rachael Swartz will direct my piece, and my cast will include Mary Baldwin, Stella Baldwin, and Katie Sizemore.

More details, including dates, will be available soon so if you’re near Lewisburg or just really like road trips, check back for all that groovy info.

Six Play Plan for 2017!

Happy New Years!

I hope that your holidays were merry and bright. I quite enjoyed my break from work. I spent a lot of snow filled days trapped inside with my children, there were puzzles and cards and Scrabble Junior and fights and fights and fights and fights and quite a few times when I forced them to play outside and leave me the hell alone. I’ve learned that when it comes to parenting that phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” has never been more true. But I survived! And I’m ready to tackle 2017 head on, which brings me to the first of many very exciting announcements for this coming year….

I’m writing six brand-spanking-new full length plays this year.

Yep.

SIX.

Six new plays.

Because if this crazy plan doesn’t kill me, I’ll certainly come out of 2017 a stronger writer.

Stay tuned in the next few days and weeks, because, like I said, a lot of exciting things are brewing over here, and slowly but surely I’ll be telling you all about them.

P.S. I made my submission mission by submitting 205 scripts in 2016!