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Pretty Theft - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Pretty Theft

Adam Szymkowicz

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573697210

"Disturbing but touching...Mr. Szymkowicz writes quirky plays about contemporary topics like online dating and gender roles, but there always seems to be something — a knife, a rope, a dead body — in an unexpected place. In Pretty Theft, the undercur…

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Pretty Theft is a play about ballerinas, boxes and the dangers of beauty. After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant. When things take a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught.


REVIEWS:

"Disturbing but touching...Mr. Szymkowicz writes quirky plays about contemporary topics like online dating and gender roles, but there always seems to be something — a knife, a rope, a dead body — in an unexpected place. In Pretty Theft, the undercurrent of danger goes beyond quirkiness; it's more subtle and ultimately more horrifying. The play takes place in a terrifying world where reckless people get hurt, and so do more or less innocent bystanders. — The New York Times

"Szymkowicz has not only taken the notion of theft and flipped it on its head — he's taken a story about human beings at their worst and shown how we can claw our way back from the brink by finding the good within ourselves." — The Villager

"Adam Szymkowicz has written a play full of interesting people...The dialogue and humor in this play are excellent...It runs a lean, intermission-less 90 minutes and is very satisfying...This would be good theater for young women not only to see but also to perform." — NYTheatre.com


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Pretty Theft was produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble at the Access Theatre in New York City, opening on April 24, 2009.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

ALLEGRA – 18
SUZY – 18
JOE – 20s to 30s
MARCO/ALLEGRA'S FATHER – 30s to 40s
BALLERINA 2/ALLEGRA'S MOTHER/SUPERVISOR/PATIENT/ CUSTOMER 2 & 4 – 30s to 50s
BALLERINA 1/PSYCHIATRIST/PATIENT/WAITRESS/ CUSTOMER 1 & 3 – 30s to 40s
BOBBY/INTERN/JOE'S FATHER – 20s
NOTE: More Ballerinas are nice but not necessary.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Adam Szymkowicz

Adam Szymkowicz

  Adam Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, LCT3, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, The New Group, Southern Rep, Rising Phoenix, The Lark ... view full profile

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Rod Hearn 5/19/2015 12:52 PM
David B. Caudle [W] 6/2/2013 9:12 AM
Adam Szymkowicz finds the extraordinary in the mundane, the horror in the ordinary, and takes us on a journey that is surprising, shocking, unexpectedly moving, and often hilarious.  
Larry Kunofsky 5/23/2013 10:49 AM
PRETTY THEFT is a mash-up of Joseph Cornell and his boxes, ballet, female friendship, madness, summer jobs when you're a kid, the danger of strangers, and, as always with an Adam Szymkowicz play, love - love in all its glory and all its sadness. You laugh as your heart is breaking, and gasp at the sheer wonderfulawesomeness of it all.

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