FRANKIE SILVER

A folk musical - book & lyrics by Rachel Kunstadt, music by Hali Alspach

Nancy Silver, haunted by her mother's (Frankie Silver) bloody past and shunned by her community, decides to journey up the mountain to her family's old, abandoned cabin to uncover any secrets it might hold about her past. When the Sheriff's son, Jeffry, follows her up the mountain, Nancy has to answer for a few secrets of her own.  Inspired by the folk story of Frankie Silver, hanged for killing her husband, "Frankie Silver" is the story of wrestling with the demons of your past and of the redemption the next generation brings. 

PANCAKES/CIGARETTES

A "straight" play - by Rachel Kunstadt 

Pancakes/Cigarettes is a play about sexuality, identity, vices, self-acceptance, and New York City. Mara is a 24 year-old lesbian, fresh out of graduate school. Shortly after her girlfriend, Cori, breaks up with her, Mara finds herself attracted to the most unlikely of people: Rob, her straight, cisgender male coworker. Under the guidance of her friends Kate and Steve, Mara pursues a relationship with Rob, forcing her to question her sexual orientation and her identity.

Pancakes/Cigarettes was presented at Dixon Place in Manhattan's Lower East Side on January 15, 2015.

The production was directed by Rebecca Cunningham. 

Present Tense

A play by Rachel Kunstadt 


Jamie answers Talia’s ad on Craigslist for a roommate. The two women cohabitate in a small Manhattan apartment filled with panic attacks, secrets, lesbians, and brunch. 
 

Present Tense was presented as part of The Radioactive Festival of women writers at The Gene Frankel Theatre in the East Village on June 11 & 13, 2015. The production was directed by Jillian Carucci.

A cut from Present Tense was presented as part of the Salon Lounge at Dixon Place showcase in HOT! Festival on July 18, 2015. The presentation was directed again by Jillian Carucci.

IN DEVELOPMENT

Press Pause

It’s spring 2020. Lisa is a 30 year-old travel writer living and loving in New York City. When the COVID-19 pandemic hits New York, Lisa’s vast life of wanderlust is halted, as she is forced to quarantine alone in her small Manhattan apartment, away from her new girlfriend and her expansive world. Lisa begins reliving memories of her sixteen year-old self, when she was housebound due to agoraphobia. As the quarantine rhetoric greatly echoes Lisa’s agoraphobic thoughts as a teenager, Lisa worries her recovery will end in relapse, as she is forced to become housebound again. In order to make peace with the present, Lisa must revisit her adolescent struggles to remember why she pressed pause on life, and how she overcame her intense fear of growing up, left her house, and chose life.

book & lyrics by Rachel Kunstadt

*note: I am looking for a composer for this piece. Please get in touch if you're interested in collaborating!*

© 2020 Rachel Kunstadt

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