World premiere of JAW's 'Kodachrome' opens
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Love appears in unlikely places in Adam Szymkowicz's new play, "Kodachrome," which makes its world premiere at The Armory directed by Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan.
The production opens Feb. 9, with previews beginning Feb. 3 and performances running through March 10 in the Ellyn Bye Studio. "Kodachrome" was developed at The Armory's JAW: A Playwrights Festival in 2015 under the title "Colchester" and will be the company's 26th world premiere production.
"During the [JAW] Big Weekend of public readings, it became clear that this play was special and one we wanted to premiere in an upcoming season," said director Rose Riordan, who helped found JAW and serves as the JAW festival director. "I like plays that ponder existence through small ordinary moments. Each of the characters in the small, Northeastern town of Colchester are trying to connect — to love, to themselves, to someone else — or, in some cases, to disconnect."
Welcome to Colchester, a small town where everybody knows each other and the pace of life allows the pursuit of love to take up as much space as it needs. Our tour guide is Suzanne, the town photographer, who lets us peek into her neighbors' lives to catch glimpses of romance in all its stages of development. A play about love, nostalgia, the seasons and how we learn to say goodbye.
Lena Kaminsky takes on the central role of The Photographer, who observes the small town's inhabitants through her camera lens. Kaminsky made her debut at The Armory in 2012 as Susannah Mullally in "Black Pearl Sings!" She is joined by four cast members who are also returning to The Armory: Tina Chilip, John D. Haggerty, Sharonlee McLean and Ryan Tresser. Two cast members make their company debuts: Ryan Vincent Anderson and Kelly Godell.
The cast also includes Ryan Vincent Anderson as The Policeman and The Hardware Store Owner; Tina Chilip as The Librarian, The Waitress and Friend; Kelly Godell as Marjorie and The Young Woman; John D. Haggerty as The History Professor, The Perfume Maker and EMT 1; Lena Kaminsky as The Photographer; Sharonlee McLean as The Mystery Novelist, The Florist and EMT 2; and Ryan Tresser as The Gravedigger and The Young Man.
About the playwright
Adam Szymkowicz's full-length plays include "Food For Fish," "Hearts Like Fists," "Incendiary," "Clown Bar," "The Why Overhead," "Deflowering Waldo," "Pretty Theft," "Adventures of Super Margaret," "7 Ways To Say I Love You," "Rare Birds," "Nerve and Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood." His work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and Original Works Publishing. He has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Rising Phoenix Repertory, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theatre and Flux Theatre Ensemble. He received a Playwright's Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where he was a Dean's Fellow. He is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writer's Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition, and the first Ars Nova Play Group. He has also interviewed 1,000 playwrights on his blog and is the literary manager at The Juilliard School.
Bringing the small town of Colchester to life is Director Rose Riordan; Scenic and Lighting Designer Daniel Meeker; Costume Designer Alison Heryer; Resident Sound Designer Casi Pacilio; Projection Designer Will Cotter; Composer Jana Crenshaw; with Stage Manager Janine Vanderhoff and Production Assistant Jordan Affeldt.
Regular tickets start at $25. Tickets may be purchased at www.pcs.org, or by calling 503-445-3700, or in-person from the box office, located at 128 NW 11th Ave., in Portland. Rush tickets are $20. Students and patrons who are 30 or younger can purchase $30 premium tickets. $5 tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program. Discounts for groups of 10-plus. Active duty or veteran military personnel and their immediate families get 50% off the price of regular tickets.
General performance times are Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Thursday matinees at noon.