A sexy and swashbuckling adult musical-in-progress is set for the coming professional play development workshop at The William Inge Center for the Arts Playwrights-in-Residence program at Independence Community College.
Saturday Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. is the public reading of “My Base and Scurvy Heart,” by Adam Szymkowicz.
Szymkowicz’ piece follows the adventures of Pirate Queen seeking love and treasure and finding laughter, adventure and strange turns of the heart all along the way. The reading takes place at the William Inge Theatre and admission is free. Szymkowicz wrote the book for the musical and will be joined by his collaborators Matt Sherwin (lyrics) and Dan Moses Schreier (music).
A cast of professional artists across the nation and regionally will undergo an intensive week of rehearsals, experiments, and rewrites, culminating in the public performance.
The evening concludes at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 with a full concert reading of Anne Phelan’s new script, “The Benders.”
Adam Szymkowicz’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Primary Stages, The New Group, Southern Rep, and The Lark, among others. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French.
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, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and was a founding member of the Ars Nova Play Group. He previously served as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com
“My Base and Scurvy Heart” is a musical comedy for adults, with strong language. “The Benders,” a drama based on the infamous 19th century family who were serial killers, is suggested for audiences of teens and older.
The goal of the Inge House Playwrights-in-Residence program is to advance the creation of new dramatic literature for the future of American theater, by supporting exceptional playwrights.
In the ten years of its existence, the 44 separate playwright residencies have already generated a treasure trove of engrossing contemporary plays.
The playwrights will be joined by a remarkable creative team of directors and actors, who will offer the playwrights their expertise throughout the development process. They will share their talent at workshops with ICC and area high school theatre students.
The William Inge Center for the Arts is best known as sponsor of the annual William Inge Theatre Festival, which is the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas. The 31st annual Inge Festival takes place May 1-4, 2013, honoring the legacy of William Inge on the anniversary of his 100th birthday. Visit www.ingecenter.org for more information.
This program is presented in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art.
Further major supporters of the William Inge Center for the Arts include the Independence Chamber of Commerce, the William Inge Festival Foundation and Independence Community College.