Rachel Bublitz

Writer

Plays
Full Length Shorts

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Full Length

Ripped

World Premiere at Z Space. Krystle Piamonte (Lucy) and Edwin Jacobs (Bradley). Directed by Lisa Steindler. Photo by Lorenzo Fernandez-Kopec.

Audience
16+
Cast
3; 1 f, 2 m
Runtime
Eighty minutes.
New Play Exchange

Lucy goes to college. Lucy brings mace. No need for Lucy to actually use it, right? But something happened that wasn’t supposed to happen. Or did it? Oh well, Lucy must be having that quintessential college experience: drinking, boys, and being completely decimated by the people she trusts.

Rachel Bublitz’s “Ripped,” about a complicated sexual encounter on a college campus, won the 2020 Will Glickman Award for the best new play to premiere in the Bay Area in 2019.

‘Ripped’ by Rachel Bublitz wins 2020 Will Glickman Award, story in San Francisco Chronicle

The genius of “Ripped” is that of all the plays I saw this year, this one kept me questioning my own reactions to it, even six months later. This play—which had a notable reading at Z Space’s 2018 inaugural Problematic Play Festival—invited debate with its daring excavation of the “gray” areas of intent, consent and reliable witness, directed in a taut, compelling production by Lisa Steindler.

The Best Bay Area Theater of 2019 by Nicole Gluckstern on KQED Arts

The Night Witches

Poster from University of Utah production. Poster by Anna Oldroyd.

Audience
All ages
Cast
9+ f or 11+ f (80 minute version)
Runtime
three lengths available; 35 minutes, 60 minutes, or 80 minutes (11+ cast)
Licensed By
Dramatic Publishing.
The Night Witches is available for purchase and/or licensing through Dramatic Publishing.

The Night Witches, of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, flew in planes made of canvas and wood, and dropped their bombs on their German enemy every fifteen minutes through the night to keep them from sleeping. They were constantly being shuffled and moved to perform new duties; mechanics would become navigators, navigators would become pilots, and pilots would become commanders. Nina and Vera have just finished their training as navigators and are moments away from their first combat mission. As they fight their nerves, the women around them use different means of bolstering their spirits, some more successfully than others. But when the time comes, ready or not, to the sky they must go. However, tonight is different than any night they’ve faced before; their enemy has employed a new tactic taking them completely by surprise. Using movement, song, and lyrically styled dialogue we follow these brave women through one fateful evening during the war.

The production by Park City's Egyptian YouTheater is spellbinding and haunting, pushing the boundaries of what a youth theater production can achieve. The nine young actresses captured the hearts of theatergoers.

Julie Hirschi for the Salt Lake Tribune

Burst

Salt Lake Acting Company staged reading flyer

Audience
16+
Cast
Cast of 3; 3 f
Runtime
85 minutes
New Play Exchange

Sarah Boyd is an extraordinary human being. Not only did she build her company from scratch using nothing but willpower and fortitude, she also sits on the precipice of truly saving this planet. Because on top of being one of the fastest growing tech companies in history, Tactix, with Sarah at its helm, will usher this planet into the post-plastic era. A time where we need not worry or fret over the great destruction being done to our world from this non-biodegradable foe. With her eyes steady on her next round of funding, Sarah must persevere through a late night interview with a particularly tough reporter, a lawsuit aimed at a person from her past, and the waffling of her CTO. It's a heavy load, and Sarah knows that she is the only one great enough to bear it.

Cheerleaders VS. Aliens

World Premiere at Egyptian YouTheatre. Lance Rothchild (Tig), and Chelsea Cowley (Carol).

Audience
All ages
Cast
20; 10 f, 4 m, 6 any gender
Runtime
90 minutes
Licensed By
Pioneer Drama Service.
Cheerleaders VS. Aliens is available for purchase and/or licensing through Pioneer Drama Service.

When aliens invade a small town and abduct the Greenville High School football team in order steal their “brain jelly,” it’s up to some cheerleaders, their soccer star friend, a self-proclaimed sci-fi nerd, and “the new girl” to save the hapless boys — and the very world as we know it!

Funny, Like An Abortion

Audience
16+
Cast
2; 2f
Runtime
80 minutes
New Play Exchange

Monroe finds herself knocked up, and since abortions are illegal in the United States, she throws a surprise abortion party with her best friend Jade. Monroe prepares over twenty at home abortion options for them to sort through, neither will walk away until they select the best of all of these terrible options. But that's not all! Come on down for juggling, a tap dancing number, and a horrific view at what our future may hold.

A comedic two-hander in one scene.

Codename: White Mouse

Photo of Nancy Wake, inspiration for play.

Audience
16+
Cast
6 with doubling; 3f, 3m
Runtime
90 minutes
New Play Exchange

When the Germans invade France, Nancy, a rich socialite house wife, isn’t able to sit back and do nothing. Despite her husband's objections, she gets involved with the resistance. For Nancy it’s a slippery slope and soon she graduates from delivering letters to breaking men out of concentration camps. Forced to flee the country with the Gestapo and Vichy on her heals, she is lead to safety over the Pyrenees Mountains. Nancy, however, isn’t satisfied with a quiet life back in England and requests quickly to be sent back into the fight. After training, the SOE drop Nancy back into France and into one of the Marquis camps, a guerrilla group of Frenchmen still fighting the Germans.

Surviving in a male dominated world, Nancy’s motivations are constantly called into question, forcing her to make the men see her as a person capable of great things and not just an object of desire. At the end of the war though, when France is finally free, the audience and Nancy learn just how much she sacrificed by fighting for what she believes in.

Let's Fix Andy

Audience
16+
Cast
4; 4f
Runtime
90 minutes
New Play Exchange

Andy’s best friends, Logan, Marcus, and George decide it’s time they step in after he’s been dumped by his long time girlfriend Megan, to snap him out of his funk. All three of them have different ideas of what Andy actually needs, and so Andy is dragged to the gym, the bar, and a cabin in the woods before things come to a head and he declares that he doesn’t need fixing. By the end of the play, with all four playing video games in Andy’s safe place, his couch, they realize that there’s no fixing anyone, and all any of us can really ask for is friendship that is focused on acceptance for who we are.

Mommy Dances With The Devil

Audience
16+
Cast
5; 5f
Runtime
85 minutes
New Play Exchange

After moving across the country, Laurel, the mother of a young child, is desperate to make a friend beyond her cheerio-throwing, Barney-obsessed baby and her over-worked, rarely-home husband, which leads her to jump for a spot in a mommy group with a mysterious reputation. Laurel is cemented in the group before she learns of their devious agenda and is forced to either shut up and join suit, or burn their coven to the ground.

Red Days

Audience
12+
Cast
4; 3f, 1m
Runtime
90 minutes
New Play Exchange

As the air quality in Salt Lake climbs to crisis levels, we follow Dianna through four seasons, trying to balance school, her running team, and pursuing her passion. But as she nears the end of her senior year, she's forced to decide if her running dream truly belongs to her, or if it's more her mother's, while around her the serious effects of the air quality wreak havoc on those athletes who dare breath hard in the open air.

The Summer I Howled

Audience
12+
Cast
15; 7f, 3m, 5 any gender
Runtime
80 minutes
New Play Exchange

Welcome to Camp Gray Pine where campers spend weeks breathing in fresh air, soaking up nature, and learn the importance of friendship, healthy competition, and curing ancient curses. When seasoned camper Woolf wanders into the woods with new-kid Mike past curfew on the first night of camp, neither of them realize they’re walking under a full moon, or what is creeping near them in the trees, until it’s too late. Woolf is bit forcing her friends to drop everything and figure out how to keep her from going full-fledged werewolf before the next full moon. Can they navigate around Capture the Flag, basket weaving, ghost stories, and the dreaded Camp Gray Pine oatmeal to find a cure, keep their friend’s secret, and not raise suspicion? And when a cure is found, how far is too far to help your dearest friend? Pull up a log and lean close to the campfire, some stories are just better with s’mores.

Of Serpents & Sea Spray

Production photo from world premiere at Custom Made Theatre Co. Maria Giere Marquis (Athena/Anika) and María Leigh (Iro), photo by Jay Yamada.

Audience
16+
Cast
6 with doubling, 4f, 2m
Runtime
90 minutes
New Play Exchange

Of Serpents & Sea Spray, tells the story of an orphan named Iro who is the subject of ridicule by other children and punishment by uncaring foster parents. During one of her many tours through solitary confinement in the closet, Iro’s imagination brings the her with a mission: find Pegasus. On her quest, taking with her only books and her imaginary friend Annika, Iro hides herself on an ocean liner, joins a circus, and has many other adventures… and along the way finds the truth about the death of her parents.

Shorts

My Body

Production at Barrington Stage Company. Doug Harris (Patrick) and Keri Safran (Laura). Directed by Julianne Boyd. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

Audience
16+
Cast
2; 1f, 1m
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

In a world in which men are no longer trusted to make decisions concerning their own bodies, women hold all of the cards.

Ghost House

Cover art for "Ghost House" from Playscripts.

Audience
All ages
Cast
4-10; 0-10f, 0-10m
Runtime
30-40 minutes
Licensed By
Playscripts.
Ghost House is available for purchase and/or licensing through Playscripts.

In their quiet afterlife, Bane and Corse play checkers, write songs, and get one occasional thrill: spooking the kids who wander into their house. And as luck would have it, tonight some little live things DO slink in. Gray and a group of pals hope to gain bragging rights by spending the whole night in this, the hauntedest of all haunted houses. Meanwhile Gray's older sibling Royal brings friends to try and scare Gray's group out of their wits. But they soon find out Bane and Corse have that covered! Surprises are everywhere in this silly, spooky play written especially for online performance.

Reading Babar In 2070

World Premiere at PlayGround. Millie DeBenedet, Stephanie Prentice and Michael Barrett Austin

Audience
12+
Cast
3; 2f, 1m
Runtime
10 minutes
Licensed By
PlayGround.
Reading Babar In 2070 is available for purchase and/or licensing through PlayGround.

In the slightly distant future, a little girl discovers the high price of unchecked human development and story time will never be the same.

The Red House Monster

Cover art for "The Red House Monster" from Stage Partners.

Audience
All ages
Cast
4-5; 4-5 f, 0-1 m
Runtime
35-45 minutes
Licensed By
Stage Partners.
The Red House Monster is available for purchase and/or licensing through Stage Partners.

The story of Hannah Gold, a young lady living on an island off the coast of Massachusetts in the late 1800s, and the night that changed her life. Filled with small town lore, haunted houses, spirits, monsters, pistols, pie, and mysteries, it is a play that will keep you guessing just what is in the Red House, and who, in fact, you should be afraid of. Inspired by the myth of Geryon and Hercules, and Shirley Jackson's “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.”

Toxic

Audience
16+
Cast
2; 2m
Runtime
20 minutes
New Play Exchange

Football is life, and boys are men in this twenty minute one act about gender roles. Chris is having a day the worst day of his young life, he’s been dumped by his girlfriend, and is possibly kicked off the football team, when he accidentally hits a raccoon. When he discovers the animal is dead everything proves too much and Chris falls to pieces, which prompts Brandon, his best friend and most true worshiper, to follow suit. Because if the star of your life isn’t a star, what does that make you? Toxic is a fast ride about status, masculinity, and how people are and are not allowed to behave.

Really Adult

Audience
16+
Cast
2; 1f, 1m
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

Julie would love to have a great first day working the Customer Service desk at Target, but maybe not as much as flirting with Frank, the employee assigned to train her. As the two discuss a possible date their personal lives become more and more clear, which leads to awkward territory.

Break Room

Audience
16+
Cast
2; 1f, 1m
Runtime
35 minutes
New Play Exchange

The evening spirals out of control for Luke and Chloe, as the two try desperately to hold onto one another as their situation changes. Luke, an almost thirty year old assistant manager at Target, has put together a celebration for his co-worker and girlfriend, Chloe, who happens to still be in high school. Unfortunately, what’s good news for Luke devastates Chloe, and she lashes out with the only weapon she has until a new balance can be reached between them. Break Room is one continuous scene with two characters.

Presenting: Super Cat & Reptile Robot In The Tremendous Tickle Trouble

Poster for Plan-B Theatre's Elementary School Tour, designed by Aaron Swenson.

Audience
All ages
Cast
2; 2 any gender
Runtime
30 minutes
New Play Exchange

On the brink of the most wonderful/awesome/amazing sleep-over in recorded history two friends grapple with who gets to call the shots and how to tell someone tickling just isn't your thing.

The Elves

Audience
All ages
Cast
8; 2 f, 2 m, 4 not specified
Runtime
10 minutes
Licensed By
YouthPLAYS.
The Elves is available for purchase and/or licensing through YouthPLAYS.

Sandy and Dennis have the perfect plan: crash the “pre-ride” festivities on Christmas Eve at Santa’s Workshop…and make off with more toys than they can dream of. But Santa’s elves have other ideas. Can Sandy and Dennis escape the clutches of these rhyming terrors, or will the two toy-hungry kids find themselves on the post-ride menu…?

No Talking Allowed!

Audience
All ages
Cast
6-12 of any gender
Runtime
10-15 minutes
Licensed By
YouthPLAYS.
No Talking Allowed! is available for purchase and/or licensing through YouthPLAYS.

Jordan gets kicked out of class for talking. But a zero on the test may be the least of Jordan’s problems when a pencil starts to talk—and then a locker and a mop and a slew of other inanimate objects. Maybe Jordan’s going crazy, but Jordan’s not the only one, as soon a hall monitor, the custodian, a teacher and the principal join in as they try to get to the bottom of all the yammering in this comedy inspired by an African folk tale.

Clever Catherine

Audience
All ages
Cast
5-7, 1 f, 2 m, 2-4 any gender
Runtime
30 minutes
Licensed By
YouthPLAYS.
Clever Catherine is available for purchase and/or licensing through YouthPLAYS.

When a farmer comes across a beautiful golden mortar and decides to present it to the King as a gift, despite his daughter Catherine’s warnings that the King will ask for a golden pestle to match. When the King learns of Catherine's uncanny predictions, it launches a series of riddles going back and forth between the two of them culminating in a royal marriage proposal for the clever girl. But if you marry a clever girl, you get a clever queen, and Catherine cannot help but meddle in the affairs of state. Now Catherine must use all her wits to save her marriage and prove to the King that he needs her to help him run the kingdom.

Much Ado About Mathletes

Audience
All ages
Cast
8; 6 f, 2 m
Runtime
30 minutes
Licensed By
Eldridge Plays & Musicals.
Much Ado About Mathletes is available for purchase and/or licensing through Eldridge Plays & Musicals.

An all-girls mathletes team (that ponders in iambic pentameter) is shaken to its core when it's asked to do the unthinkable… Let a boy join their team.

Mom's Ham

Audience
12+
Cast
6-7; 4-5f, 2m
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

A ten-minute adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MOM’S HAM follows a woman’s desperate attempt to make a perfect Christmas feast in honor of her mother’s recent passing.

Lean In With Liz!

Audience
12+
Cast
3; 3f
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

A new mom fights with her 13 year-old self about going back to work or staying home longer with the new baby.

I Said Run.

Poster from Redwood Day 6th Grade Winter One-Acts

Audience
12+
Cast
4; 4f
Runtime
10 minutes
Licensed By
Stage Partners.
I Said Run. is available for purchase and/or licensing through Stage Partners.

Shadow, Ivy, and Dolores have gathered together to snap their friend Mara out of whatever funk she's been in. Sadly, it might be the last thing they ever do.

Employee of the Month

Audience
16+
Cast
4; 3f, 1m
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

A disagreement over what employee of the month Jordan should wear in her honorary photo for the company website is made complicated by the presence of her teenage daughter and every day sexism.

Swallowed

Alexandra Photography. Dress rehearsal of SWALLOWED by Rachel Bublitz, directed by Christina Rose Ashby, featured at The Navigators 4th Annual Lift-Off New Play Series. Camila Padilla and Samantha E. Turlington

Audience
12+
Cast
3; 2f, 1m
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

Three young scientists film their own destruction in an attempt to wake up to the world to the reality of climate change.

The Garden

Audience
12+
Cast
2; 2f
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

While beautifying their neighborhood with a community garden, Lauren and Rose make an unsettling discovery that brings up the racism and elitism that gentrification is so often entrenched in.

The Final Debate

World Premiere at Plan-B Theatre. Isabella Reeder and Katelin Jones Nall.

Audience
12+
Cast
3; 2f, 1 any gender
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

While preparing for their annual debate in front of the whole school, Jaime and Courtlin receive devastating news.

Oy, Oy, Oy, Merry Christmas!

Audience
All ages
Cast
2; 1f, 1m
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

The time has come for Moeshe to fill in his grand daughter, Sarah, on their family’s greatest secret and ask her to join in the cause. The fate of the Jewish people is on the line… If only he could get her to stop laughing at him.

How Gretchen Stole Christmas

Audience
All ages
Cast
5; 3f, 1m, 1 any gender
Runtime
10 minutes
New Play Exchange

A Seuss-inspired Christmas comedy about a teenage runaway and her selfish return home for the holidays.

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