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1000 Playwright Interviews The first interview I posted was on June 3, 2009.  It was Jimmy Comtois.  I decided I would start interview...

Nov 16, 2017

More Plays by Me Go Up Places

PRODUCTIONS

KODACHROME



Production #1 of Kodachrome
Portland Center Stage
Portland, OR
February 3-March 18, 2018

Mercy

Production #1 of Mercy
New Jersey Rep
Long Branch, NJ
Opens June 7, 2018


Marian or The True Tale of Robin Hood

Production #5 of Marian
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX
Opens Feb 16, 2018

Hearts Like Fists

Production #36 of HLF
RIT Players
Rochester, NY
Opens December 8, 2017.

Production #37 of HLF
Tascosa High School
Amarillo, TX.
Opens March 2, 2018.


7 Ways To Say I Love You
a night of short plays

Production #19 of 7 Ways
Victoria West High School
Victoria, TX
Opens December 7, 2017.

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Nov 9, 2017

NEXT UP -- MY PLAYS

PRODUCTIONS

KODACHROME



Production #1 of Kodachrome
Portland Center Stage
Portland, OR
February 3-March 18, 2018

Production #4 of Marian
Ridgewater College
Willmar, MN
Opens November 16, 2017.

Production #5 of Marian
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX
Opens Feb 16, 2018


Clown Bar

Production #26 of Clown Bar
Majestic Repertory Theatre
The Viper Room
Los Angeles, CA
Opens November 11, 2017.


Hearts Like Fists

Production #36 of HLF
RIT Players
Rochester, NY
Opens December 8, 2017.

Production #37 of HLF
Chisholm Trail High School
Fort Worth, TX
Opens Feb 26, 2018.

Production #38 of HLF
Tascosa High School
Amarillo, TX.
Opens March 2, 2018.

Production #39 of HLF
DePaul University
Chicago, IL
Opens May 1, 2018.

7 Ways To Say I Love You
a night of short plays

Production #18 of 7 Ways
Park Players Of Greenfield Park
Greenfield Park, QC, Canada
Opens November 16, 2017.

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Oct 26, 2017

Reading This Sunday



Join Cave Theatre Co., in artistic partnership with The Tank, for a reading of a brand new play by Adam Szymkowicz: "East Haddam"!

"East Haddam is just like any other town. Perhaps even your town. Except for the Green Swamp Lady. There is that. Oh, and the Unicorn. That’s there as well. Other than that, quite your typical, standard little town. Did we mention the clowns and secret agents? To be fair, regular towns can have those too, though. So we’re ok on that. Anyway, enough chatting, let’s show you around, shall we?"

Admission is FREE! October 29th @ 7pm at The Tank Theater! (312 W 36th St)

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Oct 21, 2017

Jack And Jill Plays - Part 66 - Pinter Watermelon



Pinter Watermelon
by Adam Szymkowicz

(JACK and JILL at a picnic table eating watermelon.  A MAN enters, sits at the picnic table with them.)

JILL
Um.

JACK
Hi.

(MAN says nothing.)

JILL
Can we help you?

JACK
Are you lost?

(MAN says nothing.)

JACK
Maybe he doesn't speak English.

JILL
Do you speak English?

(MAN says nothing.  Continues to stare at them.)

JACK
Are you mute?

JILL
Are you choking?

JACK
Is someone watching us?

JILL
Are we in danger?

JACK
Maybe he just really likes watermelon.

JILL
Do you like watermelon?

(MAN says nothing.  Slowly, he takes a handgun out and put it on the table.)

JILL
Whoa whoa!

JACK
We can sit somewhere else.

JILL
We'll go.

JACK
We can leave the watermelon.

(JACK and JILL slowly back away.  They leave the watermelon.  MAN whistles.  His friends and family come and sit at the table.  They eat the watermelon.)


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Oct 20, 2017

Jack And Jill Plays - Part 65 - Fun



Fun
by Adam Szymkowicz

(JACK, JILL, DICK and JANE around a table, drinking.)

DICK
We should do this more.

JACK
I know!

JANE
I'm always saying that.

JILL
I always say that.  I'm like, Jack, When can we have Dick and Jane over again?!

JACK
I know.

DICK
It gets busy.  Time passes.  Not this weekend, next weekend or next weekend.  And then.

JANE
Months pass.

JILL
Years.

JANE
Not years.

JILL
Too much time.

JACK
Too much!

DICK and JANE
Too much!

JACK
To friends!

DICK, JANE, JILL
Friends!

(They clink glasses.)

JACK
It's always fun with you two!

JILL
So fun!

DICK
Yeah.  It's too bad we're getting a divorce.

JILL
What?

DICK
Yeah.

JANE
Sorry.  It's just not fun any more.  For us.  At home.

DICK
We talked about it and I get you in the divorce.

JANE
We've divided up our friends.

JACK, JILL
Oh.

DICK
You're disappointed.

JILL
It's just that we always liked Jane.

JACK
Yeah.  She's our favorite.

DICK
But I got you in the divorce.

JACK
Yeah.  Totally.  I know.  It's just.

JILL
We like her better.

JACK
A lot better.

DICK
But we did all those man things together, watching sports and talking about tires and blue jeans and butts.

JACK
I know and I liked that.  I just feel like Jane gets me.

JILL
She gets me too.

DICK
Oh.

JACK
Maybe you could just not get divorced.

JANE
Oh, we're getting divorced.

DICK
Sure are.

JILL
Can't we still be friends with you both?

DICK
That's not going to work.

JACK
Won't it?

JANE
No.  Sorry.  We hate each other so much.

DICK
So much.

JANE
So much.

JILL
Well, you hide it really well.

JACK
To hiding it well!

(JACK and JILL raise their glasses.  The other two look at them.)

DICK
I'm going to go.

JACK
No, don't go.

DICK
I have a headache.  I have work in the morning.  I'm just really uncomfortable and depressed.

JILL
Well, okay.  Seeya next time.

JACK
We'll do it again soon.

JILL
Soon.

JACK
Soon.

(Exit DICK.)

JILL
So we can see you in secret, right?

JANE
We'll figure something out.  I guess I get you in the divorce after all.

JACK
To winning.

JANE, JILL
Winning.

(They toast.  They drink.  They get sad.)

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Oct 19, 2017

Jack And Jill Plays - Part 64 - Down




a short one.  ask me should you wish to use it for something.

DOWN
by Adam Szymkowicz

(A bar.  JACK and JILL sit near each other.  They drink.)

JILL
All right?

JACK
I'm kinda down.

JILL
Yeah.

JACK
I feel bad.

JILL
Yeah.

JACK
Really bad.

JILL
Okay.

JACK
Just terrible. What if I'm never happy again?

JILL
Well, that's always possible.

JACK
Is it?

JILL
Sure.  But probably that won't be what happens.

JACK
No?

JILL
Probably.

JACK
Sorry.  I'm Jack.

JILL
Hi Jack.  I'm Jill.

JACK
Nice to meet you.

JILL
Nice to meet you too.

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Oct 18, 2017

Jack and Jill Plays - Part 63 - So




yet another play.  please talk to me if you should wish to use this for something.

So
by Adam Szymkowicz

(JACK on stage.  Bars appear before him.  He is in Jail.)

JACK
Thank you for coming.  It's been a whirlwind.  Truly an honor.  People ask me.  They say, "Jack, how do you do it?"  Well, today, I'm here to tell you all my secrets.  I don't want to say it's easy to be me and to do all the things I've done.  But with practice and persistence, you too can accomplish what I managed to accomplish in a few simple steps.  But you have to believe in yourself.  And you have to trust your worst instincts.

How to find yourself in jail, Part 1: The Awakening.  First maybe there is something in your life that you know you shouldn't do.  This is maybe something you also really want to do.  It might be physical violence or illegal drugs.  It might be grand theft auto or bank robbery.  Or maybe it's stealing gnomes from people's yards.  So the first thing is that even though you know you shouldn't do this, you do this thing.  And then you do it again.  And again.  And again.  Until you have like a lot of gnomes.  Like a whole lot.  Like someone might come over and see them and go, "Why do you have so many gnomes?  What can someone even do with that many gnomes?  Why would you do this"

And maybe there's no easy answer.  Except you know, the normal ones.  Bad childhood.  Hole inside you nothing will fill.  Sexual deviancy.

And then one day, you're a little sloppy and someone sees you and recognizes you and then the cops are there asking questions.  And you answer the questions truthfully because at the end of the day, you just want it to be over and as they say, light is the best disinfectant.  I also like white vinegar because it's non-toxic and I don't mind the smell.  So the cops are there with their guns and their badges and their serious faces and they ask you point blank.  So you bring them out to the shed and they say, "Holy shit," and then they take you for a ride.  And that's why I'm here.  So.  That. Is. How.

But you may ask, "What next?" "What are your future plans now that this exciting project has come to an end?" and I have to admit, I don't really know.  I never thought that far.  It's a relief and also, you know of course I don't feel any better, at all.  So... So ...So.  So.  Sob.


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