Food:Soul #6 – Hearts Like Fists

(Photo by: Jason Paradine. Pictured: audience for Flux’s 5th Food:Soul)

We’re back from the retreat with a treat for you: Adam Szymkowicz’s crimefighting comedy, Hearts Like Fists. You’ve heard about this play before, and after an uproarious read at our retreat (more on that anon), we’re sharing it with you.

Hearts Like Fists
Written by Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Keith Powell
As part of Flux’s potluck play series, Food:Soul
And Judson Memorial Church’s Bailout Theater
Wednesday, September 15th
At Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
Doors open and food is served at 7:30, staged reading begins at 8PM
Cast: Tiffany Clementi, David Crommett, Jill Knox, Jason Paradine, August Schulenburg, Christina Shipp, Amy Staats, Cotton Wright
Assistant Director: Casey Schmal

Hearts Like Fists is a superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. Dr X is sneaking into people’s apartments late at night and injecting lovers with a serum that stops their hearts. Lisa joins the Crimefighters, a group of crimefighting women, to stop him. Peter, a heart doctor, is trying to create an artificial heart that can be mass produced so no one will fear to sleep with their lovers again.
Adam’s play Pretty Theft was our very first Food:Soul, and that experience was so good we ended up producing it. We’re thrilled to be returning to his work. You may know Keith Powell as an actor, but he’s an excellent director (and playwright!) as well; my play Good Hope would not exist without him, and Kidding Jane would be in sorry shape. I’m grateful he’s finally collaborating with Flux!

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Want to bring some food? Food donations are welcome but NOT required.

Adam Szymkowicz’s play Pretty Theft was produced by Flux Theater Ensemble in 2009. It was subsequently published by Samuel French. He has three other plays published by DPS. Szymkowicz studied playwriting at Columbia and Juilliard. He is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and was a founding member of the Ars Nova Play Group. He will be in residence at the William Inge House this fall and was commissioned by South Coast Rep. For more, see

Keith Powell is an actor, director, and writer living in Brooklyn. He holds a degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he performed in this very space.

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