PlaywrightDramatist

Highlights

Published plays:

Black Like Us (Original Works Publishing)
·         Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Best New Play
·         Seattle Times Footlight Awards: Top World Premiere, Top Play on a Smaller Stage
·         American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee

Baalzebub—full length & one-act (Theatrefolk)

Reviews

 “Candid, compassionate and engagingly humorous… a reflection on how limiting a “them vs. us” mindset is, in a land where racial and cultural identity cannot be so easily defined.”  Seattle Times
“Both funny and chilling…a sharp slice into the racial history of an American city from an unusual perspective”  The Stranger
“Her ability to find comedy… her eye for characterization and her ear for immediate, intimate dialogue are faultless…Thoughtful, crisp, and incredibly funny in the best tragicomic way. Ms. Atkins has written an excellent piece that deserves discussion…”  Seattle Star
“An accomplished, important and challenging new play …Unlike many good plays that leave you with much to discuss over coffee after you leave the theater, I suspect this play will leave me with internal discussions and conflicts that I’ll debate for the rest of my life. “  Seattleactor.com
“The real sadness about great pieces like this is that most of the people who need to see it — people who think that “cleaning up the drug problem” is as easy as making arrests, people who don’t see a problem with the minimum wage as it is, people who think racism is dead — don’t usually see it. So we need you to go see this piece, and also to bring your friends.”  Seattlish.com

Interviews & media

From Raised Eyebrows To Raised Curtains: Rachel Atkins Tackles Racial Identity

The Dark Side Of Brain Science: Seattle Pair’s ‘Thought Experiment’ Plays Out Onstage

How A Doomed French Chateau Inspired A Seattle Play