The poster image for Box


By Jarrett King

Directed by Simone Alexander

June 23 – July 8, 2023

At Ground Floor Theatre


A play about identity, reinvention, and magic…

The world premiere of Box explores the life of Henry Box Brown – 19th century abolitionist lecturer, magician, speaker and mesmerist – who escaped slavery at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate. Building on actual events and persons, Jarrett King’s play creates a new chapter in the life of one of America’s most overlooked folk heroes.

Box is the second world premiere in a five-year series of new play commissions devoted to the theme of “reimagined classics!”


“Compelling and well-wrought…the power of this cosmic Jarrett King tale staged by Penfold Theatre will reward an earthly audience’s attendance.” -Austin Chronicle 

Price: $16-$31
Run time: 1 hr, 50 min
For ages: High school+

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Production Team

Written by Jarrett King
Director, Simone Alexander
Stage Manager, Val Johnson
Production Manager, Carl Gonzales
Magic Consultant, Brad Henderson
Costume Designer, Pam Friday
Sound Designer, Anthony Williams
Set and Properties Designer, Desi Roybal
Lighting Designer, Jacqueline Sindelar
Technical Director, Beau Harris


Critical Praise

The performers in Penfold’s production act the hell out of the script, giving their characters dimension and vivacity

-Austin Chronicle

This was one of the most moving play experiences I've ever had.

-Audience response

This show was STUNNING. Everyone please go see this show. Amazing performances all around and the story/script had me drawn in the entire time

-Audience response


Video by Magic Spoon Productions
Photos by Steve Rogers

Special Events

Saturday, June 24: First Saturday Soiree

Stay after the show to celebrate opening weekend with the cast and creative team, including playwright Jarrett King, director Simone Alexander, magic consultant Brad Henderson and dramaturg Eric Colleary from the Harry Ransom Center! Food and drinks are provided. Be sure to reserve your place when you purchase your ticket.


The seating area of Ground Floor Theatre

Ground Floor Theatre

979 Springdale Rd #122
Austin, TX 78702

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Parking: Free parking in surface parking lot.

Show Sponsors

Round Rock - Arts & Culture
Williamson County Old Settlers Association
P&B Print and Design Studio
Texas Commission of the Arts
Applied Materials
Ploeger ASL Interpreting
Ground Floor Theatre