2020 Clauder Competition Gold Prize Winner


Playwright Caity-Shea Violette

Director Todd Brian Backus

Dates March 12, 2021 7:00 pm

Digital on Demand Dates: Mar 12- Mar 15, 2021

About the Play

Rx Machina unpacks big pharma’s impact on everyday American culture through the eyes of five women on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. An ambitious pharmaceutical sales representative’s relentless pursuit of a rigidly principled pain management doctor leads to an intoxicating, forbidden connection that comes with a cost. Searching for humanity in a healthcare system where patients are consumers and pain is profitable, Rx Machina asks who gets to get better and who gets left behind.


  • Free and open to registered participants


  • Following the reading there will be a talk back with the writer, director, and cast of the show.

About the Playwright

Caity-Shea Violette, Playwright

Caity-Shea Violette (she/her) is a playwright and screenwriter whose work explores invisible disabilities, sexuality, breaking cycles, and learning how to belong to yourself. She is a winner of the 2020 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2020 Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award and the 2019 Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival National Award. Her plays include Rx MachinaCredibleSlow JamGaslight SupernovaReap The GroveTarget BehaviorThe Stand, and others. Her work has been developed or presented at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Reverb Theatre Arts Festival, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and more. Caity-Shea is a two-time semifinalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a semifinalist for The Lark’s Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, a semifinalist for the 2020 Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and a selected participant for the 2020 Academy Gold–Extensions Program. Caity-Shea received a BFA in Theatre from University of Minnesota, Duluth and recently completed her MFA in Playwriting program at Boston University. More at www.caitysheaviolette.com

Meet the Director & the Cast