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Pretty Theft

Pretty Theft
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Adam Szymkowicz
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 78
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: ‎ 0573697213
ISBN-13: 9780573697210
Cast Size: 4 female, 3 male

About the Play:

Pretty Theft has become a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues and Female/Male Scenes.

Pretty Theft is a full-length dramatic comedy by Adam Szymkowicz. In the summer between high school and college, Allegra must fend for herself as she is faced with a summer job at a rest home, a new best friend who's hellbent on self-destruction, a boyfriend who is a terrible kisser, a disastrous roadtrip in a stolen car, a kidnapper, and provocative lipstick.

Pretty Theft follows the journey of two 18-year-old girls who find themselves building unexpected connections between themselves and two men. After losing her father, ex-ballerina Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with with Joe, an autistic savant who likes to put things in boxes. He is obsessed with Allegra, and dreams of ballerinas spinning and spinning into his future. When that friendship takes a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught! Pretty Theft is about ballerinas, boxes, and the dangers of beauty.

Pretty Theft premiered in 2009 at the Access Theatre by Flux Theatre Ensemble Off-Off-Broadway in New York City. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and been performed in regional and college theatre productions.

Cast: 4 female, 3 male

What people say:

"Disturbing but touching...Mr. Szymkowicz writes quirky plays about contemporary topics like online dating and gender roles, but there always seems to be something – a knife, a rope, a dead body – in an unexpected place. In Pretty Theft, the undercurrent of danger goes beyond quirkiness; it's more subtle and ultimately more horrifying. The play takes place in a terrifying world where reckless people get hurt, and so do more or less innocent bystanders." — New York Times

"Szymkowicz has not only taken the notion of theft and flipped it on its head – he's taken a story about human beings at their worst and shown how we can claw our way back from the brink by finding the good within ourselves." — The Villager

"Adam Szymkowicz has written a play full of interesting people...The dialogue and humor in this play are excellent...It runs a lean, intermission-less 90 minutes and is very satisfying...This would be good theater for young women not only to see but also to perform." —

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.