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
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KODACHROME

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  • 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.
  • Gina Femia:
    19 Aug. 2018
    This is a gorgeous play. I hope to see it produced in NYC someday soon.
  • Mike Sockol:
    3 Aug. 2018
    Szymkowicz writes an “Our Town” for the 21st century. A humane, aching look at the dynamic of love that simultaneously demonstrates both is permanence and fragility. A great play for a large cast, such as a high school, college or community theater.

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
    ,
    Primary Stages
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    JAW at Portland Center Stage
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Project Y
    ,
    2015

Production History

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