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The Subtext: Adam Szymkowicz on Redefining Success

The playwright of ‘Hearts Like Fists’ has interviewed more than 1,000 playwrights on his website. Now it’s his turn to be interviewed.

The Subtext is a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life’s muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires, and ultimately what makes writers tick.

Adam Szymkowicz

Last summer Brian traveled to central Connecticut to record a conversation with Adam Szymkowicz, who is not only a highly produced playwright, but also the original playwright interviewer with more than 1,000 interviews posted to his blog.

Adam’s plays (including Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar) have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Sweden, Slovenia, and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, 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.

Brian and Adam talk about the origins of Adam’s interviews (“I just wanted people to know how cool playwrights were”) and how that series inspired the original launch of the Subtext podcast back in 2015.

Writing around three plays each year, Adam admits it takes a lot of hustle to get his plays read and produced. With dozens of productions as proof of what could be described as success, Adam says, “There’s no tangible way for success,” and the concept itself means something different for each writer.

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