Pretty Theft

by  Adam Szymkowicz

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 4f

"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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

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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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 4f

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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Cast 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)

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Authors

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 Playwright ...

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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.

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