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!”
PAST PRAISE FOR THE PLAYWRIGHT:
“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
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
The performers in Penfold’s production act the hell out of the script, giving their characters dimension and vivacity
This was one of the most moving play experiences I've ever had.
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
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.