From the Playwright – Marcus Gardley
“I am fascinated with the untold or the forgotten story. I am a playwright, a poet and a gravedigger and I am passionate about digging up the stories that get buried under our shoes. With the murder of Oscar Grant by an Oakland cop, I felt determined to create something for my hometown and my country. These feelings were made even more real when I was interrogated by the police on my way home from a play in Berkeley, California. I was harassed because apparently I fit the description of a serial rapist in the area and they had a hard time believing that I was just an artist doing work in the community about race relations and history. Since that time, I have been obsessed with telling the national story of the complex relationship that law enforcement has in our communities.”
Rage and delight are strangely intermixed in Marcus Gardley‘s myth-infused indictment of our mushrooming prison industry, and the cocktail can make you dizzy… You’ll clap yourself silly at the end.
TIME OUT NY
The Box is exuberant, at times almost joyful, and wickedly funny.
Every so often a piece of theater draws directly upon this collective reservoir – drawing out symbols and metaphors that translate the unconscious storehouse of memory into visible, palpable form. Marcus Gardley brilliantly gives form to Twain’s notion of a rhyming history in his new play The Box: A Black Comedy.