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Adam Szymkowicz
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Elise is a pyromaniac fire chief who falls in love with Jake, the detective investigating her fires. Carrie, Elise’s therapist, is trying to get her to stop lighting fires and Carrie’s husband, Gary, is leading the life of a somewhat ineffective corporate spy.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (4 female, 3 male, doubling, up to 15 actors)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Firefighting and fire starting get the noir-camp treatment in Adam Szymkowicz’s INCENDIARY, which tackles the whimsical dilemma of star-crossed lovers in the arsonist and arson-investigator fields … this nutty love triangle of boy, girl and inferno is charmingly original and genuinely suspenseful.” —Time Out Chicago

“Hilariously ornate in the best world-weary, film-noir fashion.” —Chicago Theater Beat

About the Author


  • Adam Szymkowicz

    Adam Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others. Plays include DEFLOWERING WALDO, PRETTY THEFT, FOOD FOR FISH, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, MY BASE AND SCURVY HEART, HERBIE, INCENDIARY, CLOWN BAR, FAT CAT KILLERS, THE WHY OVERHEAD, ADVENTURES OF SUPER MARGARET, ELSEWHERE, WHERE YOU CAN’T FOLLOW, A THING OF BEAUTY, UBU, MERCY, RARE BIRDS, VIOLENT BONES, SARAH SARAH SARAH, GOOD MORNING GOOD NIGHT, COLCHESTER, ALCOTT, SUCH SMALL HANDS, MARIAN SMOULDERING and NERVE. Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the first Ars Nova Play Group. He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University The NOLA Project and Flux Theater Ensemble. His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Original Works Publishing, and Indie Theater Now and featured in New York Theatre Review ’07 and ’09, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books. He has written articles for Howlround, New York Theatre Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail and has interviewed over 800 playwrights on his blog. He has a web series called Compulsive Love (NYTVF).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/26/2017
Pages 70
ISBN 9780881457261

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Incendiary is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


2/11/2022 – 2/13/2022
Rose-Hulman Institute Of Techn
Terre Haute, IN

4/9/2021 – 4/9/2021
University Of Denver
Denver, CO

11/5/2020 – 11/8/2020
Centenary College Of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA

1/27/2019 – 2/2/2019
Farmington Valley Stage Company
Collinsville, CT

2/25/2018 – 2/25/2018
Theatre Guild Of Simsbury
Simsbury, CT