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Stockholm Syndrome

Adam Szymkowicz
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STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: OR, REMEMBER THE TIME JIMMY'S ALL AMERICAN BEEFSTEAK PLACE WAS TAKEN OVER BY THAT GROUP OF RADICALS? That mouthful of a title is set, appropriately, at Jimmy's All American Beefsteak Restaurant — a fictional chain (the kind you love to hate) — whose employees and patrons suddenly find themselves in the midst of a hostage crisis … and a love story.

Production Info

Cast: 12 total (6 female, 6 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“An outrageous farce of violence and lasciviousness!” —The New Orleans Advocate

“STOCKHOLM SYNDROME is a hilarious and captivating show, in the best way possible.” —Gambit Weekly

“In all its absurdity … an entirely new genre of theater — the interactive terrorist musical comedy … You’ll get a hearty kick out of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME.” —The Times-Picayune

“But for all the talk about immersion, maybe the most important piece for an audience member to feel immersed in is thematic. And that’s what I enjoyed most about the show. At the heart of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME is a group of characters who look at their lives at some point in the show and realize they’re not totally happy with how things are going. Worse yet, they don’t even understand how their lives got to this level of disappointment. A server who sings about the dissatisfaction of every day being exactly the same as the last. A diner who doesn’t have her needs fulfilled by her husband. A manager whose dedication and loyalty frequently lead to letdowns and heartbreak. A woman who wants a man with more ambition. And a man who just wants a woman to go home and hold hands with. This story is full of realizations of life-gone-astray, and that’s a realization most of us can relate to at at least one point or another.” —Very Local

About the Author


  • Adam Szymkowicz

    ADAM SZYMKOWICZ's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, Wales, The Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, 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. Published plays include DEFLOWERING WALDO, PRETTY THEFT, FOOD FOR FISH, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, HEARTS LIKE PLANETS, INCENDIARY, THE WHY OVERHEAD, ADVENTURES OF SUPER MARGARET, 7 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU, RARE BIRDS, MARIAN OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD, KODACHROME, CLOWN BAR, CLOWN BAR 2, CLOWN BAR CHRISTMAS, MERCY, THE BOOKSTORE, OLD FASHIONED COLD FUSION, THE PARKING LOT, THE NIGHT CHILDREN, THE WOODEN HEART, STOCKHOLM SYNDROME, WHEN JACK MET JILL, HEART OF SNOW, THE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, 100 THINGS I NEVER SAID TO YOU, 100 LOVE LETTERS I NEVER SENT and NERVE. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Concord/Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Stage Partners and Original Works Publishing, and are featured in numerous Smith and Kraus and Applause books. His monologue book, Small Explosions, came out from Applause in early 2023. His book on playwriting, Letters to a Young Playwright, comes out from Applause in fall of 2024. 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, Green Gulch, Theatre4ThePeople's the Barn and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and twice as a Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters. Szymkowicz received two grants from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, Majestic Rep, The Chance Theater, Concord Theatricals/The Educational Theatre Association and Flux Theater Ensemble. 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 very first Ars Nova Play Group. He has interviewed over 1100 playwrights on his blog. For more, go to

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/17/2022
Pages 68
ISBN 9780881459555

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Stockholm Syndrome is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC