The Vorbit Incident
a full-length dark comedy
by Jay Kettering
October 11-13 & 17-19, 2019
presented in conjunction with
Mark Cichosz and Clayton Twombly
Breon Canady in Television Blues
a short play by
was part of the fun at the
2019 festival and was directed by
August 16-24, 2019
BoxFest Detroit is an annual festival that showcases and creates opportunities for female-identifying directors.
Hosted by Planet Ant Theatre
Raised in the Saddle:
The Phantasmagorical Journey
of a Future Rodeo Queen
It's the summer of 1919, and Alice Greenough, a teenage spitfire raised near Red Lodge, Montana, is on her way to her first rodeo competition in Forsyth.
Rolling across the Big Sky state via steam locomotive, Alice, who wears her smile like her hat—big and wide—can't help talking to the strangers she meets on the train, a who's-who list of famous Montanans including a ruthless copper king, a dedicated suffragette, and the Helena ranch hand with the movie-star looks.
Her dad always kids that "she has more nerve than brains." Maybe that's because her idea of fun is riding buckin' broncs named Whirlwind, Lightning, and Bone Crusher.
And Alice will need that 'iron will' she's known for because this train ride will prove every bit as exciting and challenging as sticking to the 1,200 pounds of buckin', snortin', and kickin' muscle that's waiting to greet her at her first rodeo competition!
An Unladylike Battle for Survival in the Sunnyside Library
There’s a new librarian in town by the name of Kerosene Kevin and he’s brought with him a novel idea—books are for burning, not reading. Fortunately, during this 50-minute play, you’ll see that some of those living on the shelves of Sunnyside have decided to fight back. After a narrow escape from the clutches of Kevin (and only first-degree burns), Jane Eyre has appealed to the Shelf People, but she’s only been able to recruit a small ragtag army. Among her troops are Esperanza Cordero, a young girl from the Latino section of Chicago; a spirited and beautiful Sioux warrior called Red Dress; and a literate spider named Charlotte. Together, they devise a plan to put a damper on Kevin’s burning desire. A life and death struggle has begun. Will the stories of these literary heroines continue to be told, or will they be snuffed out in flames? Stay tuned!
The Adventures of Jack London
With hair bristling, mouth foaming and a mad glitter in his bloodshot eyes, Jack London sprang into the twentieth century and grabbed the complacent reader of saccharine words by the jugular. Ready or not, he sailed us out to the open sea, he carried us on his back through mile after mile of white wasteland, and with frozen fingers and a single match, he lit a fire where no other man could light one—and in our collective imagination, that fire still burns bright. Come hear French Frank, the gritty oyster pirate, Wolf Larsen, the demon captain of the Ghost, Broken-backed Ben, the philosophical hobo, and others, sharing the tales of America’s greatest storyteller. You’ll feel the fangs bite deep as you adventure along with the boy who by age fifteen already looked on the world through the eyes of the wolf.