the 2018-2019 distillery new work reading series has a new home!

Due to the closure of Kahladi Brothers coffee, we’re unable to hold our Distillery readings at Gay City.

We have been searching and we found a new home at West of Lenin! We’ll have readings the first Monday of the month, January - June, 2019. Each reading takes place at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion with the cast, playwright, and director.


Tight End by Rachel Bykowski, directed by Kathryn Stewart


About the Play: Ash Miller’s dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans’ Homecoming game. Football is in her blood. In order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game. 

Tight End will be receiving its regional premiere with Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas in February of 2019 and Macha will be helping Rachel put on her finishing touches before the premiere.

January 7, 2019, 7:00 pm, in the West of lenin studio

About the Playwright: Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to explore the many facets of womanhood. Her full-length plays have been featured with The National New Play Network (NNPN) in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016. She was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival in 2017, received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award, and was the runner-up for the 2018 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award for her play Rev. Her play, Tight End received its world premiere with 20% Theatre Company Chicago and will receive its regional premiere with Majestic Rep Theatre in Las Vegas. Rachel’s other full-length plays have been workshopped with Chicago companies like Cock and Bull Theatre, the Women’s Theatre Alliance, and the Chicago Dramatists. Her play The Big Fuckin’ Giant was featured in a workshop with Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming for their Playwrights’ Voiced Festival. Rachel’s ten-minute plays have been produced in the Midwest and West Coast including Renaissance Theaterworks, Fury Theatre, Arc Theatre, Commedia Beauregard, San Diego Theatre Lab, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Company. She is also published in RiverSedge Arts and Literary Journal. Rachel is a playwriting affiliate with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA from Ohio University.


macha is still accepting submissions to the 2018-2019 distillery series

Macha cultivates new plays that feature strong female characters. Our Distillery series is an opportunity for playwrights to gain valuable feedback from Seattle audiences, and a platform for audiences to help shape new works in process. Readings are free and include discussion of the play with the playwright. Submit your play to

Not sure your play is the right fit? Check out our macha test before sending us your script!