Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the New York Premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s (Pretty Theft; The Why Overhead) Hearts Like Fists,November 30-December 15 at The Secret Theatre (4402 23rd Street between 44th Road and 44th Avenue, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Kelly O’Donnell (Dog Act) and will feature Becky Byers* (Blast Radius; The Runner Stumbles; NYIT nomination for Dog Act), Rachael Hip-Flores (DEINDE; “Anyone But Me” webseries), Aja Houston* (Lipshtick), Jennifer Somers Kipley (Dream Walker), Susan Louise O’Connor* (Blythe Spirit on Broadway), Chester Poon (Job), August Schulenburg (8 Little Antichrists), Marnie Schulenburg* (How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage; Daytime Emmy Nomination for As the World Turns), Chinaza Uche* (Ajax in Iraq), and Chris Wight (Dog Act). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard, Costume Design by Stephanie Levin, Scenic Design by Will Lowry, Lighting Design by Kia Rogers, and Fight Direction by Adam Swiderski, assisted by Rocío Mendez. The production will be Stage Managed by Jodi M. Witherell. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Hearts Like Fists is a superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. The city's heart beats with fear: Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. Lisa's heart beats with hope: now that she's joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And every beat of Peter's wounded heart brings him closer to death, but he's designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Can the Crimefighters stop Doctor X? Do Peter and Lisa have a chance at love? And who is the girl with a face like a plate?
Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists received its World Premiere in August 2012 with Theatre of Note in Los Angeles. The inaugural production won the StageSceneLA Scenie Award for “Best World Premiere Play of 2012.”
“A trio of buxom superhero babes is taking names and kicking butt in Adam Szymkowicz’s graphic novel come to irresistible life… exhilarating, nerdy-sexy, and silly-smart. Try finding that on Fandango.” LA Times, Critics Choice
“Fun well done… [a] silly and irresistibly funny show.” LA Weekly, Pick of the Week
“A chop-socky cartoon on stage… an action-packed adventure romance set in the surreal world of female crime-fighting superheroes… Don’t miss this show!” Arts Beat LA
“An homage to Film Noir and Marvel Comics when blended together produces a hilarious theatrical experience!” NPR Station KPCC
“A play that is both campy and clever, but also full of heart and hope, another notch on this prolific young playwright’s belt.” StageSceneLA
About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble
FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm, with an additional performance on Sunday, December 2 at 2pm
Theater: The Secret Theatre
Address: 44-02 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101
Cost:$18; $15 students
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111