Adam Szymkowicz and Kristen Palmer - Reading and Signing

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome playwrights - and spouses - Adam Szymkowicz and Kristen Palmer to celebrate the release of their newly published plays. The Tuesday, September 19th, 5:00pm event is free and open to the public. The evening will feature readings from the plays and will be followed by a signing.

Kristen Palmer’s plays have been produced and presented in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. These include, Things You Can Do, Once Upon A Bride There Was a Forest, Westward Mutations, Local Story, Departures, The Stray Dog, All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy and The Heart In Your Chest. She is an alumna of the Women’s Project Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and has been a William Inge Playwright in Residence, Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Playwright’s Conference, a Jerome Fellow, and a Dramatist Guild Fellow. She is a graduate of Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, England (BA) NYU’s Gallatin School (MA) and Hunter College (MFA) where she studied with Tina Howe and Mark Bly and won both the Zarkower and Goldberg Prizes. She has created theater programs and directed devised projects and productions with young people in schools, prisons and community based outreach programs around the country for over 20 years and is currently Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, CT.

Palmer celebrates the release of Once Upon a Bride There Was a Foresta lyrical, haunting, and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free. After Warren proposes to Josie, she decides she must make one last attempt to find her long-lost father before she walks down the aisle. She sets off that morning on a journey across the mountains. When her car breaks down and she’s invited into the Wright’s home she’s dumbstruck to find her father there, living a perfect life with a perfect wife and daughter - oblivious of his past.  Desperate to stay she agrees to anything asked of her - giving up her identity, her past and ultimately her voice. When Warren arrives and is captured by the spell of the Wrights, Josie must decide between her father and her future, her silence and her voice - a choice which plays out in the final scene of Warren and Belle’s wedding. Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest is a lyrical, haunting, and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free.


Adam Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, 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, Kodachrome, Alcott, Such Small Hands, Marian, The Haddam Plays 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, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters program. Szymkowicz 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, Single Carrot Theater, and Flux Theater Ensemble. His plays are published by 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 900 playwrights on his blog. He has a web series called Compulsive Love (NYTVF). Szymkowicz is the Literary Manager at The Juilliard School, supporting the playwriting program there. For more, go to 

Szymkowicz will celebrate the publication of three plays: Incendiary is the comic tale of a combustible group of people. Elise is a pyromaniac fire chief. Jake is the police detective investigating her fires. Carrie is a therapist who's trying to get a client to quit some truly destructive behavior, and Gary is leading the life of a somewhat ineffective corporate spy. As the smoke begins to billow and the sparks begin to fly, they're all about to find out that love is the most incendiary thing. In Rare Birdssixteen-year-old Evan Wills is an avid bird watcher who wears colorful songbird shirts to school despite the constant antagonism it brings him. Evan's mother just wants Evan to be normal, and happy -and normal-- and get along with her new boyfriend. While Evan summons the courage to talk to Jenny Monroe (whose locker is next to his), troubled bully Dylan has something darker in mind. After some stupid choices and unexpected results, Evan learns that the worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. Rare Birds is a play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend. And Marian or the True Tale Of Robin Hood Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood is a gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who will stand for the vulnerable if not Robin? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of troubles? Modern concerns and romantic entanglements clash on the battlefield and on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle. A play about selfishness and selflessness and love deferred and the fight. Always the fight. The fight must go on.

The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year. The historic book shop is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more, or browse the online bookstore, visit 

Szymkowicz's and Palmer's published plays include: 

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

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The Drama Book Shop, Inc
250 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018-1511
Hearts Like Fists Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822228967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. - August 30th, 2013

Pretty Theft Cover Image
ISBN: 9780573697210
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - September 10th, 2009

7 Ways to Say I Love You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623847043
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Playscripts - March 6th, 2015