KODACHROME Cast Announced at Peninsula Players Theater
The Peninsula Players Theater will present an audio recording of “Kodachrome,” a tender and funny comedy by Adam Szymkowicz, starting Monday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Suzanne, the local photographer from a rural New England town, gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of her neighbors, one romance at a time. “Kodachrome” is produced with the support and in coordination with Door County Reads and its exploration of “Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time” and “Truck: A Love Story” by Michael Perry. Access to audio playback is limited to 300 households. A virtual pass is available at www.onthestage.com/peninsula-players-theatre. Listening is free.
Last week, the Door County Reads Committee moved all Door County Reads events to a virtual platform. In solidarity with the library’s decision and for the health and safety of our community, staff and cast, Kodachrome’s “in-person” reading has been cancelled.
Szymkowicz’s “Kodachrome” has been called a contemporary take on Thorton Wilder’s timeless classic, “Our Town.” Set in the sleepy town of Colchester, snapshots of the daily lives and romances of locals are captured at various stages, from a budding romance to a goodbye, allowing audiences to find themselves in their stories. Photographer Suzanne captures moments when dreams are shattered and fulfilled and passionate feelings of hope and longing are reflected in the lives of the local librarian, waitress, policeman, history teacher, florist, gravedigger and more.
Szymkowicz received a playwright’s degree from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School and an MFA from Columbia University, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. Szymkowicz is a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Noüy Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group of Primary Stages and the MCC Playwright’s Coalition. His plays have been produced by Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages and overseas in South Korea, Sweden and Lithuania.
Peninsula Players Theater veteran Cassandra Bissell (“Romance in D,” “The Dust of Death,” “It Sounds Like a Christmas Carol,” “Silent Sky,” “Miss Holmes”) portrays Suzanne, who serves as tour guide through the small rural town. The ensemble cast includes Christie Coran (“A Murder Is Foretold”, “Ghost the Musical”); Erica Elam (“Trifles”, “Now and Then”); Linda Fortunato, artistic director of Peninsula Players (“Talley’s Folly”, “The Outsider” (formerly, “A Real Lulu”)); Sean Fortunato (“Talley’s Folly”, “The Dust of Death”, “The Drowsy Chaperone”); Mike Jimerson (“The Rue Morgue Murders” and “Bagatelles”); and Ric Walker (“Adventures of the Slender Man,” “Bell Book and Candle.”) “Kodachrome” is directed by Kevin Christopher Fox.
Bissell, Elam, Fortunatos, Jimerson and Walker all participated under Fox’s direction in last season’s audio plays “The Adventures of the Slender Man”, “Bell, Book and Candle”, “The Dust of Death”, ” The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “Bagatelles.” Fox also led the world premiere of “The Actuary” at the Peninsula Players Theater in 2017.
The cast and director have numerous regional and Chicago theater credits, including with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Court Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Renaissance Theatreworks. , Steppenwolf Theater Company, Theater at the Center, TimeLine Theater Company and Writers Theater as well as the Idaho and Utah Shakespeare Festivals.
“We were thrilled last year by the attendance of customers both inside and outside the Door County area who enjoyed this radio-style play-reading presentation,” said said general manager Brian Kelsey. “We look forward to continuing to deliver programming directly to homes and are thrilled to have The Play’s the Thing available in 300 homes nationwide.”
“Kodachrome” is part of the Peninsula Players Theatre’s winter program, The Play’s the Thing. It is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as generous grants from Door County Medical Center, Friends of Door County Libraries, the Shubert Foundation and Operating Fund of the Peninsula Players Theatre.
The Peninsula Players Theater is America’s oldest resident professional summer theater. The Play’s the Thing is part of the Peninsula Players Theatre’s winter outreach programming, presenting professional play readings for audiences. Learn more about the Peninsula Players Theater and its 2022 season at www.peninsulaplayers.com.