I Interview Adam Szymkowicz

Hi Readers,

Tonight, my theatre company, Route 66, will present a reading of Adam Szymkowicz’s new play, WHERE YOU CAN’T FOLLOW, at Mrs. Murphy’s and Sons Irish Bistro.

Along with being an accomplished playwright, Adam’s “I Interview Playwright’s” blog–   famous among playwrights and theater folk- is currently on its 610th installment (I had the pleasure of being featured in part 437).

As an homage to Adam’s blog, and to celebrate the Chicago premiere of his new play, I wanted to reconnect with the playwright for a one-time-only “I Interview Adam Szymkowicz” blog post

Enjoy!

head smilingPlaywright: Adam Szymkowicz

Hometown:  Colchester, CT

Tell me about WHERE YOU CAN’T FOLLOW.

It’s a play about a guy who is dying looking to fall in love for the first time before he dies.  It is funny and sad.

What else are you working on now?

A screenplay. I’m really excited about it but not ready to talk about it. It’s kind of magical realism.

Tell me about your “I Interview Playwrights” blog. What inspired you to start it? What keeps you posting?

I guess I just thought it was something that needed to exist so I created it. I would like to stop but I feel obligated to continue. Also it continues to be inspiring. So it continues.

Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.

I played the pied piper of hamlin in rainbow tights when I was in fifth grade. Acting got me hooked on theater and addicted to audience response.  And like the pied piper, I would like to be followed. And feared. And revered. But I’m in rainbow tights, you know?

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?

Money. Artists would make more and tickets would be cheaper. I know that those things financially are at odds.

Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

Anyone who has ever agreed to work with me.

What kind of theater excites you?

New plays.

What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?

Consider another goal besides becoming a playwright. It can be hard and trying. Rewarding at times, yes but there will be lots of rejection and even when things are going well it is easy to be misunderstood by reviewers and readers and people outside the theater world who don’t care about plays.
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