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.
workshop | National New Play Network & Kennedy Center | 2019
Festival of women’s voices | Boston center for the arts | 2019
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.
West Coast Workshop PREMIERE | Third Culture Theatre | LA | 2018
Workshop PREMIERE | Boston Playwrights' Theatre | Boston | 2018
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 Geek “Tragic 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
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.
World Premiere | Fresh Ink Theatre | Boston | Feb 2018
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."
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.