The poster image for Box


By Jarrett King

Directed by Simone Alexander

June 23 – July 8, 2023

At Ground Floor Theatre


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Experience the harrowing story of Henry Box Brown, the abolitionist lecturer and early magician who escaped slavery by mailing himself to freedom. Using actual magic, this world premiere by Jarrett King imagines an unwritten chapter in the story of one of history’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: 90 minutes
For ages: High school+

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Special Events

Saturday, June 24: First Saturday Soiree

Stay after the show to celebrate opening weekend with the cast and creative team! Food and drinks 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.

Season Sponsors

Round Rock - Arts & Culture
Old Settlers Association
P&B Print and Design Studio
Texas Commission of the Arts