Rebekah L. Pierce is an avid playwright and author with her works focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. She received her MA in English with a concentration in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, which is where she wrote her first play, The Myth. In 2006, Mrs. Pierce placed as an alternate in the 2006 Virginia Commission of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for her works, Perfect and The Myth, which were produced and staged in local theaters in Richmond, VA in 2004 & 2005. In 2007, she wrote and produced her third play, Bell Blu, the story of a young woman determined to fight poverty, marital rape, and domestic violence for the chance to live her own life. This play placed 3rd in the Venus Theatre Festival 2013 in New York.
The Myth – a dark piece which brings to light the impact of mental illness on relationships - was chosen as a staged reading performance piece for the Potpourri Women in the World Series in Harlem, NY in 2009. It was also performed as a staged reading for The Kennedy Center’s 11th Annual Page to the Stage reading series, Labor Day weekend 2012. In 2008, Pierce wrote her most provocative and heart-rending short play, Sarah’s Blood. Thirteen year old Sarah is being molested and prostituted by her pious stepfather, Mr. Rose, as her as her mother lay dying of cancer. She enlists her best friend Janie to help her build a prayer army to stop Mr. Rose. This work was performed in 2009 in the Where Eagles Dare Play Series in New York; it placed in the top 7 finals of the 2010 Strawberry One Act Festival in New York at The Riant Theatre. In 2012, it placed second in the Fresh Fruit Festival’s short play contest.
This work was followed by the one act play, That Color Blind Kind of Love, which made its debut on Off-Broadway in New York in 2010 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at the Jewel Box Theatre. It was also selected for a special staged reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for its 10th Annual Page to Stage reading series where it received warm reviews in the Maryland Theatre Review. That Color Blind Kind of Love was performed for two nights in the DC Black Theatre Festival at the historic Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. in late June 2012.
In 2011, Rebekah returned to Off-Broadway with Perfect – the story of three modern day women and their fight to pursue their dreams while raising a family - in the Midtown International Theatre Festival where it received warm reviews in The Beacon. It was also performed as a 30 min excerpt for the Strawberry One Act Festival at The Riant Theatre in the spring of 2012. Finally, Perfect was selected for a special two night performance in the ACTNOW Foundation’s New Voices in Theatre Festival July/Aug 2012 in Brooklyn, NY as well as a co-production for Variations Theatre Group’s Avant-Garde Arts Festival in June 2012.
Pierce’s short play, That Woman’s Child – the story of a confrontation between the love child of an affair and the wife – also made its New York debut in the 2012 Network One Act Festival at the Barrow Group Theatre. It was chosen to participate in the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s, Playwright Playground in August 2012, and was performed most recently in the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival February 2013 to rave reviews. It also received a Best Actress nomination.
Pierce's first novel is Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders, 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. It features Sy Sanford, a Great War veteran, and one of the few African American male protagonists in the mystery/suspense genre. It was re-developed into a docu-short film called "Black Wall Street: The Money, The Music & The People" in 2016 as the first film project under Rebekah’s company, RLP Productions. The film highlights the forgotten story of Jackson Ward in Richmond, VA, the “other” Black Wall Street of the early 20th Century. It is now available for DVD purchase at www.rlpproductions.com.
Finally, in 2017, RLP Productions, under the direction of Rebekah and her partners, released its first webisode, “The War at Home.” The aspiring TV drama series follows the journey of combat soldier, Sargent First Class Belinda Oglesby on her return home to fight another kind of war: the fight to regain custody of her children, her health and her career. Follow the webisode series at https://youtu.be/kSFPW56LR3g.
An African-American military veteran and prevailing entrepreneur, Mrs. Pierce knows her purpose is to give a voice to women from all walks of life through her plays and publication. She is also a former radio talk show host, motivational speaker, English teacher, wife and mother.
Life/Artist Mission Statement
The mission of Rebekah Lynn Pierce is to be a positive inspiration to her fellow man/womankind through the light and joy of her spirit which resonates through her literary works thereby allowing her to be able to walk through opened doors of opportunity.
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