The Box

A Black Comedy


In this raucous, satirical fable, an ensemble of 5 actors performs a host of characters across generations of captivity and freedom dreams. While music, dance and absurdities abound, at the center are the characters of Deadlust and Icarus – a father and son who lose each other in the American labyrinth of policing and prisons. With over 7,000,000 people currently living under correctional supervision in the US, award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley takes aim at one of the most troubling afflictions of our times with provocative theatrical wit.

Written By
Marcus Gardley
Directed By
Seth Bockley
Creative Producer:
RJ Maccani

2014 : The Irondale Center, Brooklyn NY



Written by  Marcus Gardley
Directed by Seth Bockley
Composer: Imani Uzuri
Choreography: Camille A. Brown

Performed by: 
Sheldon Best
Leon Addison Brown
Mikeah Jennings
Andrés Munar

Set Design: Mimi Lien
Costume Design: Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design: Scott Bolman
Sound Design: Stowe Nelson
Props Design: Raphael Mishler
Production Manager: Nathan Lemoine
Stage Manager: Sunny Stapleton
Assistant Stage Manager: Lily Perlmutter

Lead Producer: RJ Maccani

“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.”  – Playwright, Marcus Gardley



“Rage and delight are strangely intermixed in Marcus Gardley‘s myth-infused indictment of our mushrooming prison industry –the cocktail can make you dizzy… And you’ll clap yourself silly at the end.” – Timeout NY

“The Box is exuberant, at times almost joyful, and wickedly funny.” – WNYC

“Deeply personal and deeply felt.”
– New York Times

“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.”
NY Theatre Review



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