Selected Plays


2019 Developmental Reading at Boston Center for the Arts Dir. by Leila Ghaemi

2019 Developmental Reading at Boston Center for the Arts Dir. by Leila Ghaemi

oh, to be pure again

Set during one hot Texas summer at a Charismatic Christian church camp, this earnest drama follows the senior girls’ cabin along their journey to make an authentic connection with something bigger than themselves. A new play about female desire, submission, rebellion, and growing up in a religious culture that's obsessed with your sexual purity.

Development

workshop | National New Play Network & Kennedy Center | 2019

Festival of women’s voices | Boston center for the arts | 2019


2018 Workshop Production at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Dir. by Leila Ghaemi

2018 Workshop Production at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre Dir. by Leila Ghaemi

the tragic ecstasy of girlhood

After the sudden death of a housemate, four teenage girls living in a group home try to combat their grief. A new poetic drama that explores the chrysalis of female adolescence and demands our attention be on the youth of America who are living in the shadows of a broken system.

Development

West Coast Workshop PREMIERE | Third Culture Theatre | LA | 2018

Workshop PREMIERE | Boston Playwrights' Theatre | Boston | 2018

Awards

2019 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Second Place Recipient

2019 Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting, winner

2019 The Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest, National winner

2019 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, Runner-UP

2019 O’Neill Conference, Semifinalist

2018 University of Tulsa's WomenWorks, runner-up

in the press

Boston Globe critics’ Pick

Boston Globe “…when The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood was over, several people were still rooted in their chairs, struggling to collect themselves. It was clear that something in the play spoke powerfully to them…”

Elliot Norton Nomination for Outstanding New Script

WBUR names The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood a production to see in Boston

New England Theatre GeekTragic Ecstasy tackles the many layers of girlhood with both humor and truthful histrionics. Emotions start high and remain high for the 80-minute performance. This rollercoaster of joy and pain is accurate to the girlhood experience...”

Broadway World “Rockwell is skilled in differentiating her characters and the actors inhabit them fully, giving us the feeling of being a fly on the wall of the girls' bedroom as they figure out their lives.”

Joyce’sChoices “…some of the most vivid characters and honest portrayals I’ve seen so far this season. This is how girls talk and interact, by turns raw and raucous, needy and hostile, sweet and funny, and brutally honest.”

The Daily Free Press girlhood starts a conversation about suicide and violence against women

Playwright Kira Rockwell on The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood Part 1 & Part 2


2018 World Premiere Production with Fresh Ink Theatre Dir. by Damon Krometis

2018 World Premiere Production with Fresh Ink Theatre Dir. by Damon Krometis

nomad americana

For years the Echo family has been avoiding painful memories by traveling America in an old RV selling soap. When they stop in a small Texas town believed to harness great magic, Bridgette strikes up a romance with a young dreamer who causes her to question her responsibilities to her family and to herself. A new coming of age tale about love, sacrifice, and letting go even when it hurts.

Production History

World Premiere | Fresh Ink Theatre | Boston | Feb 2018

Development

WORKSHOP PREMIERE | WATERTOWER THEATRE | OOTL Fringe Festival | 2015

Staged Reading | Nouveau 47 Theatre | Dallas | 2014

in the press

Broadway World "Fresh Ink Theatre offers a breath of fresh air with Nomad Americana."

The Dallas Morning News "Rockwell succeeds in the toughest goal for any playwright — generating a world of real people that satisfies while making you want to know more."

WBUR "It’s all about the journey in Fresh Ink Theatre’s world premiere production of Kira Rockwell’s play Nomad Americana. It’s solid, salt of the earth stuff. With well-judged pacing, Rockwell reveals compelling tidbits about her characters." 

The Theater Mirror "The play is a loving look at a family as one woman begins to wonder what’s next for her. It is clear from the outset that Rockwell has a deep-seated love for her characters."

Theater Jones "A dramatist who shows promise. Rockwell’s dialogue is economical and natural, her characters are well drawn." 


West Coast Premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival Dir. by Tara Donovan

West Coast Premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival Dir. by Tara Donovan

with my eyes shut

In this neurodivergent love story, Naomi and Cole push the boundaries of compliance to find connection in an isolating world and shatter the complacency of the disembodied voices running the show.

Production History

WEST COAST PREMIERE | 2018 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL | Extended Run*

WORLD PREMIERE | GOAT SONG THEATRE | 2016 OOTL Fringe Festival

Development

Last Frontier Theatre Conference | 2016

Workshop | Baylor University | 2016

NYC Staged Reading | Authentic VoiceS | 2017

Awards

2018 Best in Dance & Physical Theatre at Hollywood Fringe Festival

2018 Encore Producers' Award recipient at Hollywood Fringe Festival

NOW availablE FOR through original Works PublishinG

in the press

Art and Seek Autism In The Spotlight

Heather Helinsky "Inventive. Physical explorations through playful games about the difficulties & challenges to connect---whether the literal eye contact, physical contact, or emotional contact---something all of us can understand."

Gia on The Move "a wonderful analogy between theatre and the Autism Spectrum."

Broadway World "will open your eyes to the ways in which others see the world and react to it."

Indie Voice Top Ten Shows to see at the Hollywood Fringe Festival