My 2022 in Review
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
1M ago
Hi everyone!  Happy New Year or soon to be New Year!  Here is the photo we take in front of my parents' tree every year. This year we went camping twice, visited VA and Cape Cod both twice.  I was in Los Angeles for a week for meetings.  I was in Vegas for a week for the premiere of Clown Bar 2. I was also in the Bay Area for a silent writing retreat with Erik Ehn for a week.  During that week, I wrote about half of my output for the year.  Those retreats really work for me.  Every day was like half a month of normal writing time.   Writingwise ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1116: Julia B. Rosenblatt
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
1M ago
Photo Credit:Seina Shirakura Photography Julia B. Rosenblatt Hometown: Hartford, CT Current Town: Back in Hartford! Q: Tell me about Can't Make This Sh*t Up A: About two months ago Tjasa Ferme introduced me to Transforma Theatre and The Science in Theater Festival. While I believe in science thoroughly, (which is actually something one has to make explicit these days), I am terrifyingly intimidated by the subject. My freeze response kicks in and I assume I am incapable of understanding any of it. So when Tjasa said she needed a play about an eco-toilet connected to a laboratory that ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1115: TyLie Shider
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
2M ago
TyLie Shider Hometown: Plainfield, New Jersey Current Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota Q:  Tell me about The Gospel Woman. A: The Gospel Woman is a traditional American family drama set in a 1970’s Baptist church. It’s a kind of tribute play that I built around a gospel record my mother recorded when she was a teenager. Lastly, it’s the 2nd installment in my “Mom & Pop plays,” which are a set of companion plays that I wrote based on the original music my parents recorded growing up. I wanted to concretize and honor their ambition, because their ambition led to my professional amb ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1114: Emma Goldman-Sherman
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
4M ago
photo by Melinda Hall @snappynyc Emma Goldman-Sherman Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Current Town: New York City Q:  Tell me about FUKT. A:  FUKT was written in a few days from a prompt from Aaron Sawyer when he was the AD at Red Theater Chicago and ran the Write a Play a Day for the month of November back in 2017. For anyone who has forgotten what happened in October of 2017, a lot of women came forward in the news with histories of sexual abuse, and the world questioned their veracity. I like to write fast, especially hard material, and then revise slowly. I think it's imp ..read more
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90 New Monologues
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
6M ago
I tried writing some new things the last couple of years. The jury is still out on what will happen to the YA novels I wrote. But another thing I tried was writing new monologues. For about three months last summer I wrote a monologue most days in the morning. Most of my plays have monologues in them and there has been a steep uptick in the past five years in the number of actors doing my monologues in auditions and acting classes. I thought I would lean into it and put even more monologues in the world. So I wrote these 60 monologues and I sent it to applause and they liked it and as ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1095: Cavan Hallman
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
11M ago
Cavan Hallman Hometown: Orlando! – You have to sing it, like in The Book of Mormon. Current Town: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s harder to sing, but a really good place. Q:  Tell me about Night Launch. A:  It’s inspired by my family. It struck me deeply at a holiday dinner a few years ago how diametrically opposed some of my family members’ memories were, the different ways that people choose to re-write their shared histories. In the play, Brenda is exploring memories and traumas that her mother either remembers differently, or flat out denies. It’s set in Cocoa Beach, Florida ..read more
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Live Theater and Zoom Theater
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
11M ago
My play The Parking Lot closed last week in Cedar Rapids at Mirrorbox Theater and is up in Vegas right now at Majestic Rep.   It's about a couple deciding the fate of their relationship and we cast couples who are quarantined together.  People watch from their cars and listen on FM station through their radios.   Here is some press https://littlevillagemag.com/mirrorbox-invites-drive-ins-for-humorous-heartfelt-thought-provoking-production-the-parking-lot/?fbclid=IwAR2O7qkkZN05BlsP53T-nwLktC-q0CpEeGj0Odc7K7cnmMMlveWcSiCCTGk https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1109: Talene Monahon
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
11M ago
Talene Monahon Hometown:  Belmont, MA. Current Town:  Brooklyn, NY. Q:  Tell me about Jane Anger: A:  I call it a Jacobean feminist revenge farce. I wrote it early on in the pandemic when everything was fully shut down and I had returned home to Massachusetts to nanny my sister’s children. I think the play is very much the product of full-on pandemic brain—both in that it is literally set during a plague outbreak and in that it is generally insane. At the time, I was reading Jacobean revenge tragedies and watching a lot of Monty Python. I became strangely interested ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1093: A.A. Brenner
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
11M ago
A.A. Brenner Hometown: New York City Current Town: New York City Q:  What are you working on now? A:  I'm currently in rehearsals for a Zoom reading of EMILY DRIVER'S GREAT RACE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE, my co-written play with Gregg Mozgala for all audiences, which was featured on the 2020 Kilroys List and was originally commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse. This reading will be produced by Queens Theatre and The Museum, Arts & Culture Access Consortium (MAC) in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  And I've also plunged into drafting BL ..read more
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I Interview Playwrights Part 1108: Dave Osmundsen
Adam Szymkowicz
by Adam Szymkowicz
11M ago
Dave Osmundsen Hometown: Pompton Plains, NJ Current Town: Pompton Plains, NJ (by way of Sarasota, FL and Tempe, AZ) Q:  What are you working on now? A:  I’m working on a few projects (including prepping for the world premiere of my play Light Switch), but one work-in-progress I’m particularly excited about is an adaptation of Autism awareness advocate Michael John Carley’s article The Brat in Your Classroom. The article depicts his tumultuous years at a private school called Moses Brown, and how he emotionally processes those years in the wake of receiving an Autism diagnosis ..read more
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