Directed by Seth Bockley, The Box: A Black Comedy will feature five actors who will perform more than one dozen characters. The cast includes Sheldon Best (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), Leon Addison Brown (The Trip to Bountiful), Jonathan-David Goldblatt (A Civil War Christmas), Mikeah Ernest Jennings (The Shipment) and Andrés Munar (Civilization).
Here's how the show is billed: "The Box: A Black Comedy, inspired by Gardley's own experience of police harassment, and by conversations with former prisoners, retired policemen and corrections officers, social justice organizers and alternative justice practitioners, takes on one of the most troubling afflictions of our times with provocative theatrical wit."
“I am fascinated with the untold or the forgotten story," Gardley said in a statement. "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.”
The creative team includes set designer Mimi Lien (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), costume designer Gabriel Berry (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), lighting designer Scott Bolman (Robert Wilson's Zinnias: The Clementine Hunter Story) and props designer Raphael Mishler (Belarus Free Theater, Under the Radar Festival). The show will feature compositions by Imani Uzuri.