Box by Lindsay Price - Theatrefolk


Recommended for Middle Schools


by Lindsay Price

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

Simple set

 35 pages

Dramedy Issue-Based Movement-based Vignettes

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"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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18 Characters
3 M, 6 W, 9 Any Gender

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character and modify pronouns accordingly.

One [A] 15 lines
Andrea, Claudia, Dori, Group A
Two [A] 9 lines
The Voice, Rumour 3, Harper, Group A
Three [A] 9 lines
Kasey, Lane, Group A, Cool
Four [A] 9 lines
Hoax, Justice, Group A
Five [A] 15 lines
Secrets, Tense, Group A
Six [A] 8 lines
Jonah, Jumpy, Group A
Seven [A] 12 lines
Maren, Amy, Shaky, Group B
Eight [A] 10 lines
Patrick, Still, Group B
Nine [A] 8 lines
Whisper, Student, Brenna, Group B
Ten [A] 10 lines
Tattle, Student, Group B, Touchy
Eleven [A] 7 lines
Hugh, Tom, Group B
Twelve [A] 5 lines
Hearsay, Peace, Group B
Thirteen [A] 6 lines
Marshall, Calm, Group C
Fourteen [A] 6 lines
Rayna, Drama, Diamond, Group C
Fifteen [A] 5 lines lines
Deputy, Rumour 1, Charlie, Group C
Sixteen [A] 3 lines
Erin, Rumour 2, Stone
Seventeen [A] 6 lines
Commentator 1, Ease, Group C
Eighteen [A] 3 lines
Commentator 2, Taylor, Group C; 1 monologue

Awards and Accolades

  • Thurso Players won the 2017 Caithness District Scottish Community Drama Association Youth Festival of one act plays and the Intermediate award for the Highland Division.
  • Kipling C.I. - Award of Excellence: Ensemble, National Theatre School Ontario Drama Festival, Regionals
  • Milwaukie High School - Audience Choice at Tournament of Plays

Prop List

number of cubes, several boxes of different sizes, big cardboard box, orange, whistle, cellphone, lumpy distorted box, tiny box

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