Rebekah Pierce

Playwright

Rebekah Pierce has been writing and teaching English literature for over 20 years. She received her MA in English Literature in 2002 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a lover of mystery novels that feature protagonists who have their own demons to fight as they save the day, so to speak. Her first novel, Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders, is a blend of history and fiction. The plot is set during a very pivotal time in American history: 30 days before the infamous Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929 in the historic Negro neighborhood of Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia. In December 2014, Pierce released a new historical fiction novel also set in Richmond in 1862 called The Secret Life of Lucy Bosman. The novel tells the story of a former slave mulatto named Lucy Bosman who risks her life to claim her inheritance at the height of the Civil War.   Over the years, Rebekah has also written and directed several award-winning full-length and short plays several of which have been performed on Off-Broadway.

In 2015, she released her first docu-short film based off of Murder on Second Street entitled, Black Wall Street: The Money, The Music & The People (www.blackwallstreetthemove.yolasite.com). The film blends documentary-style narrative featuring historic places and sites in Jackson Ward with the fictive thriller storyline of the novel. Pierce is currently writing a TV drama series based on the life of an African American female soldier returning home from Afghanistan called "The War at Home."  A veteran of the armed forces, Pierce is a member of several local writers' groups for both fiction and drama where her work has been widely received and supported.