British Theatre Guide

Rachel Mariner wrote her first play in Corning, New York when she was eight years old.

She didn’t write another play for twenty years. In the interim she studied philosophy and law, earning degrees from Wheaton College in Chicago and Harvard. She was a trial lawyer in Washington, DC during the glorious nineties and was on the team defending President Clinton in the Paula Jones litigation. After two back-to-back trials in Kentucky and Luxembourg lasting half a year, she went home and wrote her second play: Baby Love Time. Those were the three words that occurred most frequently in Madonna’s lyrics and those were the three things she didn’t have. She moved to London and kept writing plays.

Her play Bill Clinton Hercules premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, went to the Adelaide Fringe in Australia, and played in Little Rock before a run in London’s Park Theatre in May-June 2016. Her Treason Play was shortlisted in April 2017 for the East Anglian Voices new writing competition. In 2015 she completed her first commission Wedding at Cana for a Chicago LGBT activist group. She was the runner up in the Kings Cross New Writing Award, specially commended in the Verity Bargate and won the Washington Theater Festival short play competition.

Her plays have been performed in London, Cambridge, Chicago, Washington, Kansas City and Little Rock.  She has collaborated with Twisted Willow Theatre in Cambridge (Seven Words for Love and The Butterfly Effect) and Purchased Experiences Don’t Count (Damnation of John Smith). She has studied with Dan Rebellato, Tim Cowbury and Callie Kimball.  

Rachel lives in Cambridge with her children Liberty and Owain, two cats, a dog and a hamster.