Recommended for Middle Schools
A middle school vignette play about the boxes we find ourselves in.
About 30 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
3 M | 6 W | 9 Any Gender
Average Producer Rating:
“This show was an age-appropriate leveled piece of theatre literature. It sends a good message to the audience and to the actors. ”
Lisa DuBois, Project Extra
“Box was wonderful for my new actors! It gave everyone a chance to shine with no star vehicle!”
Kelleybrooke Brown, Albertville High School
“My students loved producing this play. They felt very connected to the message.”
Stacey Boone, Jay M. Robinson Middle School
“The greatest experience was how the message of Box resonates with cast members, students and adults.”
Rudi Wolfahrt, Punta Gorda Middle School
“The theme of this play became a stepping stone to conversations regarding real-life experiences.”
Julie Cieniawski, Desert Canyon Middle School
“My students loved the content of the show and had an absolutely amazing experience performing.”
amanda wallace, PARK VIEW SCHOOL
“We had a fun time putting on this production and received much good feedback about how our audience appreciated the message.”
Erika Dyk, Beulah High School
“The students enjoy playing a variety of characters and the adults in the audience feel that it presents a great message about being who you are. One Facebook comment even read, "All middle school students should see this play."”
Marla Johnson, Eudora Middle School
“You'll be hard pressed to find someone who isn't touched by this script and its characters. We used BOX as a student-directed play for my advanced 8th graders. It has its challenges, it's touching, and it's very real-to-life. I cannot recommend this enough to any director or group considering it.”
Bri Wehman, Wilson Middle School, Plano ISD
“I have done Box several times and I love the play. A fun fact is that the scene with groups A B and C always makes a parent cry--because of all the students on stage (with each other) yelling "I am alone!" It really shows how alone we feel in our culture, even though we are surrounded by people who feel alone. ”
Michelle Wilson, Davison Middle School
“This was an amazing play that my students could connect with and had a great message for adults too. My kids enjoyed putting this on! It had a great mix of comedy and drama. I would recommend this play to anyone who is thinking about doing performing it.”
Emily Van Engen, Fowlerville Junior High School
“The play resonated with our students and gave them many opportunities to be creative. They enjoyed the themes and ideas in the play and had fun playing many different characters. ”
Leigh Sykes, Kristin School
“The play was easy for the students to understand, fun for them to play a variety of roles and a REALLY great fit for these particular middle school students.”
J'nelle Bobb-Semple, Canadian International School - Bangalore
“Every Spring, I have chosen one of Lindsay's originals: Hoodie, Anxiety is Orange, and now Box. All three of these plays are vignette-style, abstract explorations of concepts and experiences that are very relevant and evocative for my middle school groups. I can't recommend these titles enough, but Box is definitely my favorite so far.”
Emily Nelson, Explorer Middle School
“The kids really connected with the messages in this play. Our better actors found a lot of depth in the text and made really poignant things happen; our younger actors found a lot to work with that expanded their skills by demanding shifts in their usual deliveries.”
Phil Schroeder, BrightSpot Theater
“The play was well received by both actors and our virtual audience. The production elements were simple and it sparked a lot of important conversations.”
Shelia Sumpter, Hart
“This play was perfect for a Zoom production with middle school kids who are literally in boxes- video boxes- discovering their personalities. It was enough of a challenge to feature some kids and easy enough for that kid that wanted a "small part to just try."”
Jesica Garrou, Greely Middle School
“Our production of Box was by far the best ensemble work done by any group of students I've worked with. It was a wonderful combination of scenes and monologues that let each actor shine. The material was so relatable to the students that they were able to really connect to the characters and the audience enjoyed it so much.”
Heather Tate, Nichols Middle School
“This was awesome! The students truly connected with the material and the audience left with a great message!”
Amy Skalecki, Long Branch Middle School
"This is the box my parents want for me. This is who my parents want me to be. A shining star… I don’t want to disappoint my parents, but this is not my box."
Sometimes we choose the way the world sees us. Black box - indestructible. Jewelry box - plain on the outside, shiny on the inside. Sometimes our box is defined by others - our parents, our friends, our enemies. A box built by others can feel small, confined, impossible.
How do we handle the boxes imposed upon us because of our gender? Our race? From peer pressure? From parent pressure? Do we have to live with our box for the rest of our lives? Can we change?
Box is a middle school vignette play with flexible casting. It can be expanded for a large cast or reduced to a cast of 10 with doubling. Excellent small scene and monologue opportunities.
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A Spanish translation of the middle school vignette play Box.
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A vignette play is a collection of short scenes on a theme. You'll love working with the variety and flexibility of the scenes. Your actors will love the fast pace and fun characters.
There's more. Every Theatrefolk vignette play holds the unexpected. A showcase monologue. A dramatic moment. A change in form. A left turn.
Ideal for classwork, competitions, and more!