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The Box
A Play About Solitary Confinement


Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


Approximate run time is 2.5 hours

Directed by Michael John Garcés
Written by Sarah Shourd


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In 2009, journalist and playwright Sarah Shourd was living in the Middle East when she went on a hike with her fiancée and a friend. Little did she know it, but her life would never be the same. While pursuing what they were told were fantastic views over a nearby ridge, they suddenly found themselves surrounded by Iranian soldiers. After being accused of spying for the U.S., she would spend the next 410 days in solitary confinement as a political prisoner.

The Box is Shourd’s new play ignited by that experience. Based on a deeply researched journalistic investigation, it is a piece of transformational theater that asks us to re-examine long-held notions of punishment as it reveals the tragic—and sometimes painfully comic and absurd—realities that dictate life “inside the box.” With a plot that illuminates the innate resilience of the human spirit, The Box tracks its characters as they make their journeys against all odds: from racist to revolutionary, from tough-guy to suicide victim, from guru/teacher to frightened, lost soul, and from father to friend.

By turns entertaining and unsettling, The Box is a rare glimpse into the deep end of our prison system, the intimate bonds forged between modern-day heroes the ripple effects of systematic torture, and what it means to be human.

It is a play that asks: What happens when you have nothing left to lose?

Previews 7/6 and 7/7
Opening Night 7/8
All Wednesday Night Shows are followed by a panel discussion


All ages welcome but please be advised that the show contains nudity, swearing and violence.

For more info (including moderated panel discussions after some shows) please visit: Aplaycalledthebox.com
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