The Book Store

FULL LENGTH: (One Act version also available) A whimsical almost magical bookstore where people fall in and out of love. Flexible casting. Ida, the idiosyncratic store owner has died and has left it to her niece, Rachel, a harried and poor assistant book editor. The customers and employees are desperate to keep the fantastical haven as it is, but real estate magnate, Max Brewer is offering more and more...
FULL LENGTH: (One Act version also available) A whimsical almost magical bookstore where people fall in and out of love. Flexible casting. Ida, the idiosyncratic store owner has died and has left it to her niece, Rachel, a harried and poor assistant book editor. The customers and employees are desperate to keep the fantastical haven as it is, but real estate magnate, Max Brewer is offering more and more money to turn the building into luxury apartments. Rachel must decide if she can say to no to more money than she ever thought possible and also what to do about her fiance and if she has any patience for whimsy and for this sappy kind of love that's all around
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The Book Store

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    7 Aug. 2019
    A wonderful delight into the most magical place there is. Where worlds await in a tiny shop whose value knows no bounds. Entertaining and sure to be adored by all. Marvelous!
  • Vince Gatton:
    18 May. 2019
    If you usually find whimsy cloying and hard to swallow, I strongly suggest you try the Adam Szymkowicz version. The Book Store is magical, yes, but it knows how you feel, it gets it, it’s been there...and it finds a million little ways to coax you in anyway. Delightful, witty, moving, and satisfying as a good novel — the one you didn’t know you needed, right when you needed it.
  • Daniel Guyton:
    15 May. 2019
    Charming, whimsical and fun. This play reads like a breeze. 93 pages and I felt like I was finished in minutes. Would be perfect for a large cast - either children, adults, professional or amateur. It feels simultaneously small and epic - just as any decent bookstore should. I loved the characters and I loved the momentum. I highly recommend this play!

Character Information

  • Rachel
    late 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Candace
    20s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Turtledove
    around the age of Byron,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender, attracted to Byron
  • Ted
    around Ellen's age,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Max Brewer
    30s to 60s,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Sven
    any age-- adult male,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Sue
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Sadie
    around Josh's age,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Ryan
    30s to 40s,
    Any, posh English accent
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Neil
    Younger than Jane ,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Miss Whitherly
    around the same age as Greg,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Miles
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Married Friend
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
  • Marie
    any-- adult female,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Machina (Mac) Rogers
    Around the same age as Rachel,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Kim
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
  • Josh
    around Sadie's age,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Jane Dricken
    40s or older,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Jamie
    Any Adult -- Around the Age of Also Jamie,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
  • Greg
    around the same age as Miss Whitherly,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
    Bearded
  • Ellen
    any-- adult female,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Dr. Hern
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
  • Byron
    Around the age of Turtledove,
    Any
    ,
    Any
  • Anthony
    Around the same age as Rachel,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
    wears a suit, kind of a bro
  • Also Jamie
    Any Adult --Around the age of Jamie,
    Any
    ,
    Any gender
  • Alexis
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • A MAN IN ELIZABETHAN GARB
    Any age,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Woman in a gas mask
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Juilliard School
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Flux Theatre Ensemble Retreat
    ,
    2018