Rachel Luann Strayer

Rachel Luann Strayer (she/her/hers) is a Pennsylvania playwright with an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Her full-length plays include DROWNING OPHELIA (Repurposed Theatre, Gaslight Theatre Company, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, University of Idaho); her theatrical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe short stories and poems, THE POE ASYLUM (Scranton Fringe Festival, Keystone College); THE LAST DAUGHTER (Finalist, 2020 Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting); SONGBIRD (The Bechdel Group reading, Premiere Stages at Kean University reading); and her first two plays for teens, A DECAMERON FOR THE APOCALYPSE and AFTER JANE. Rachel’s short plays have been produced by several regional theatre companies in northeast Pennsylvania, as well as receiving online productions during the COVID-19 quarantine. Short plays include: EMPATHY, A CLEAN BATHROOM, THE NEXT STEP, IN THE DARK, IT’S ENOUGH, SAFE AS HOUSES, and SISTERS (Gaslight Theatre Company); GHOST STORY (Gaslight Theatre Company, CenterStage Theatre); GHOST IN THE WALL, STILL LIFE, and QUARANTINE EATING (Theatre is the Cure); I’LL BE ZOOMING YOU (Millersville University); LIGHT THE WAY BACK (Millersville University, Auburn University) and LIGHT (One-Minute Play Festival, Auburn University). Rachel has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 2015.

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  • Drowning Ophelia

    by Rachel Luann Strayer
    • 60 - 90 minutes
    • 2 Male, 2 Female, Max 4/Min4

    Dramedy, Poetic Drama, sexual abuse, Comedy, Edgy Play, Highly Theatrrical, Trust

    The set of this one-act comedy for four actors is Jane’s bathtub. She finds it inhabited by a strange, Shakespearean woman whose enigmatic commentary intrudes on Jane’s thoughts and her new romantic relationship. This dark comedy is about the long-term consequences of childhood abuse and a love letter to those who have suffered. There is always hope.

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