KODACHROME

FULL LENGTH, PUBLISHED: Welcome to Colchester, a town of dashed dreams and fervent hope, history and longing. And there's a hardware store too.

“This breezy new play by Adam Szymkowicz, receiving its world premiere production at Portland Center Stage under the direction of Rose Riordan, is warm and cheerful but clear-eyed about the impermanence of love.” --The Oregonian

“...
FULL LENGTH, PUBLISHED: Welcome to Colchester, a town of dashed dreams and fervent hope, history and longing. And there's a hardware store too.

“This breezy new play by Adam Szymkowicz, receiving its world premiere production at Portland Center Stage under the direction of Rose Riordan, is warm and cheerful but clear-eyed about the impermanence of love.” --The Oregonian

“Overall, I highly recommend KODACHROME. You'll leave Colchester with a newfound determination to stop putting off whatever it is you've been putting off and, in the words of Harold Hill, "make today worth remembering." –Broadway World

"The play intermixes moments of gut-wrenching sadness with lighthearted humor, all while forcing the audience to pause and confront each emotion with the click of a shutter.”--The Portland Mercury

“This is a beautiful play–understated, tricky, often humorous, and universal. It’s a story about ordinary people going about their lives.” --Judy Nedry

Article in Sam French's Magazine: https://www.breakingcharacter.com/home/2019/7/30/my-town-adam-szymkowicz-on-kodachrome
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KODACHROME

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  • A. D. Timms:
    27 Jul. 2019
    A beautiful play that highlights the mundane and shows how little moments create huge ones, and yet, Szymkowicz chooses to focus on the mundane to showcase how beautiful tiny moments can be in one’s life. The Photographer as a main character telling us the story of the town and the people that live in it was a great choice too! Wholeheartedly recommend.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    28 Apr. 2019
    Masterful. Szymkowicz has crafted beautiful vignettes about love, longing, loss, and the inability to communicate these emotions. The dialogue and characters are everyday, but our guide -- the Photographer -- pulls them into sharper, detailed focus so the audience understands them better. This play is heartfelt and humane.
  • Aleks Merilo:
    28 Feb. 2019
    I had the pleasure of watching this play evolve from the JAW festival, to full production at Portland Center Stage. While Szymkowicz’s plays often revolve around rich comedy, Kodachrome is a much more sensitive and gentle work. Through the clever dramatic device of a photographer, the small and quiet lives of Colchester flash before us, giving us brief glimpses into the endearing relationships. The play is bittersweet at times, humorous at others – But the punctuation of scenes by use of the photographer tie together this moments in a poignant whole. I walked out of the theater smiling.

Character Information

  • Suzanne, The Photographer
    30s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Charlie, The Hardware Store Owner
    30s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Renee, The Librarian
    30s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Earl, The Gravedigger
    30s to 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Georgette, The Mystery Novelist
    50s to 70s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Harold, The History Professor
    50s to 70s,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Robert, The Young Man
    18-25,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Florence, The Young Woman
    18-25,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Martin, The Perfume Maker
    30s to 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Heather, The Florist
    30s to 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Jen, The Waitress
    25 to 45,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Pete, The Policeman
    25 to 45,
    Any
    ,
    Male Identifying
  • Marjorie
    20s to 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • Friend
    20s to 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female-identifying
  • EMT 2
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Any
  • EMT 1
    Any Adult,
    Any
    ,
    Any

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Washington DC
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    JAW at Portland Center Stage
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Project Y
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Primary Stages
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • University
    ,
    DePaul University, Chicago, IL
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Hudson Repertory Theatre, White Plains, NY
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR
    ,
    2018