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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  • John Bavoso:
    30 Jun. 2020
    I want to crawl into this play and live there forever! Adam Szymkowicz has created a delightful, escapist fantasy that I imagine would be a joy to bring to life for everyone from designers to actors to audience members. He’s managed to write into being a world that feels as warm, funny, and inviting as curling up with a big mug of tea under a soft blanket and reading a beloved book. If you need a heartwarming smile and good-natured chuckle, give this script a try!
  • 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.

Character Information

  • Rachel
    late 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Candace
    20s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Turtledove
    around the age of Byron,
    Any
    ,
    Any
  • 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
  • Marie
    any-- adult female,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Machina (Mac) Rogers
    Around the same age as Rachel,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Kim
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Any
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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