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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, 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 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