Parity Plays in May: Adam Szymkowicz’s COLCHESTER

Posted by MB - May 11, 2015



Project Y’s Parity Plays Reading Series continues this week with a reading of Adam Szymkowicz’s newest play, COLCHESTER.  Szymkowicz and Project Y co-Artistic Director, Michole Biancosino, recently collaborated in the first NY Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) at the New Ohio, and we are happy to continue the collaboration by showcasing his work as a playwright who often writes for predominately female casts.   Szymkowicz is a leading member of the Indie theatre community in NYC, through his work as a playwright as well as through his work interviewing playwrights from all walks of life.   Please join us on Sunday, May 17th, for our FREE reading of his latest woman-filled cast.

The Cast:

Heidi Armbruster, Ruibo Qian, Havilah Brewster, Jason Williams, Chinaza Uche, and Lila Claghorn

MONDAY, MAY 17th at 3:40pm


by Adam Szymkowicz

directed by Michelle Bossy

CAP 21  (18 W 18th Street, Studio 603)

FREE! (with Iced Tea and Cookies)



Welcome to Colchester, a town of dashed dreams and fervent hope, history and longing.  And there’s a hardware store too.

Adam Szymokowicz photo


ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Lithuania.   His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.

Plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, My Base and Scurvy Heart, Herbie, Incendiary, Clown Bar, Fat Cat Killers, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, Elsewhere, Where You Can’t Follow, A Thing of Beauty, UBU, Mercy, Rare Birds, Violent Bones, Sarah Sarah Sarah, Good Morning Good Night, Colchester and Nerve.

Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, and was a member of the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and a member of the first Ars Nova Play Group.

He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and was commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep and Flux Theater Ensemble.

His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Original Works Publishing, Indie Theater Now and featured in New York Theatre Review ’07 and ’09, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books.

He has written articles for Howlround, New York Theatre Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail and has interviewed over 700 playwrights on his blog. He also has a web series called Compulsive Love (NYTVF) and a comic strip called Toys In My House Comics.

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Michelle Bossy Headshot


Michelle Bossy is a Mexican-American film and theater director dedicated to bringing original, new work to the stage and screen.  She is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she has worked for the past twelve years. She recently directed the short films 18, written by Courtney Baron, and She Grinds Her Own Coffee, written by Cheri Magid.  Michelle produced the World Premiere of Dread Awakening and directed and produced the premieres of Cloven Tongues (by Victor Lesniewski), Un Plugged In (by Brian Pracht); South Beach Rapture (by David Caudle); Sarajevo’s Child (by Katie Simon); amongst many other new plays. She directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech, and created the musical High School Confidential for Primary Stages with writers Janet Reed and Dan Ahearn.  She directed developmental readings of The Infinity Pond by Maria Alexandria Beech and Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (both at Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (Repertory Theater of St. Louis),Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler, among many others.  Michelle is the Director of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, where she has worked with over twenty five emerging writers. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Plum Productions. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) and directing for Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester. Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women.  Upcoming: Sex of the Baby by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, and an untitled new commission written by Heidi Armbruster.



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