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Food For Fish

Food For Fish
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Adam Szymkowicz
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 67
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0822221985
ISBN-13: 9780822221982
Cast Size: 4 female, 2 male (doubling)

About the Play:

Food for Fish has become a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues and Male Monologues.

Food for Fish is a full-length comedy by Adam Szymkowicz. Bobbie is a lonely young man living in New York, trying to write about three sisters who long to escape the city and return to their childhood home of New Jersey or is he really just an imaginary character in the mind of Sylvia, the youngest sister? Food for Fish is a comedy about longing that explores the interesting comical shifts in our perspectives of what men and women are supposed to be.

Food for Fish is a modern take on the Chekhov classic, Three Sisters. Young Bobbie drops the pages from his novel into the Hudson River. The pages tell the story of three sisters: Sylvia, a reporter, Barbara, an agoraphobe, and Alice, a scientist with a secret plan to isolate and eliminate the gene for love. The three sisters are going to have to bury their father – when they get around to it. His coffin has been sitting in the living room for a year now, and he's starting to smell. Meanwhile, middle sister Alice is hopelessly in love with the husband of her older sister, and so she goes out on dates with a different man every night, working in her lab by day to isolate the human gene that makes us fall in love so she can control it! Oldest sister Barbara (played by a man) and her husband (played by a woman) can't figure out how men and women are supposed to relate to each other. Bobbie goes out each night kissing strangers, and Sylvia goes out each night looking for Bobbie. It is set in a world where men became women and women became men. But how far do you have to bend a gender before it breaks? A story of unrequited love, missed connections and a novel in a bottle.

Food for Fish premiered in 2006 at off-off-Broadway's Kraine Theater in New York City's East Village.

Cast: 4 female, 2 male (doubling)

What people say:

"…fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous…the reconsidered stereotypes and unexpected observations keep coming." — New York Times

"…a smart, well-done play…Catch it before it's gone…." — NYTheatre.com

About the Playwright:

Adam Szymkowicz is an American playwright who graduated in 2007 from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. In 2004, he received his playwriting MFA from Columbia University, where he was the Dean's Fellow. His work has been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Slovenia, and Lithuania.

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