The Wooden Heart

FULL LENGTH: Mitch wants to be a carpenter. Heather wants to be a woodcarver. The wolf wants to be an intellectual. Ruby wants to escape the wolf. The woodcutter wants to escape the narrator. A fable-inspired play about love and wood and finding your purpose.
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The Wooden Heart

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  • Cavan Hallman:
    18 Jun. 2020
    We produced a reading of "The Wooden Heart" for Mirrorbox Theatre's "Out the Box" series and our audiences found it to be a true delight. It has all the quirks and whimsy you might expect of a modern-day fairy tale but avoids unnecessary sentimentality. The resolution is mysterious and full of yearning - a beautiful story for people of all ages.
  • Kate Danley:
    6 Feb. 2020
    A delicious fairytale both old and new. Lyrical, evocotive, and the nerd in me just delighted at the Grimm rhythms. You'll want to sink your teeth in to the prose. This would be the perfect piece for a theatre looking for large casts but simple technical elements.
  • Doug DeVita:
    23 Sep. 2019
    Absurdly wonderful, wonderfully absurd, magically heightened language, language heightened magically... Adam Szymkowicz' "The Wooden Heart" is an insanely entertaining twist on the fable/folktale genre, with a beating, flesh and blood heart that keeps the show joyously alive from beginning to end.

Character Information

  • The Wolf/Wooden Man/ Prin
    Adult Male,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Ruby
    20s or younger,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Nazario
    old as the woods, like much older than a person should be,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
    may have an Italian accent
  • Narrator
    25 to 45,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Mitch
    25 to 45,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Janice
    25 to 45,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Heather
    25 to 45,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Harris
    30s to 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Brenda
    30s to 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Juilliard School
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Flux Theatre Ensemble Retreat
    ,
    2017

Production History