July 15 & 16
written and performed by Dennis Elkins
directed by Karla Knudsen
"box." is an autobiographical journey of cleaning house after parents/children die and we, those of us who are left, must choose what to keep and what to shred. The easy solution is to dump the stuff in a box and deal with it later—but, when “later” comes, we still agonize with the left-overs in a comical way. This 70 minute one-man play, performed without intermission, demands ransoming our lives from the boxes tucked away under the bed, back of the closet, down in the basement and up in the attic. Giving voice to the sometimes prickly, yet pleasurable, process of packing and unpacking our prized possessions.
Though a native of Elkhart, Kansas, Dennis spent several years in the academic theatre arena all over the United States, mostly to be found in the Southeast and Rocky Mountain areas. Home base is currently the South Harlem area of NYC which enriches his time between acting, directing, teaching and writing opportunities. Favorite roles include Shylock, Polonius, Sir Toby, Rothko, Picasso, Joe Keller and Edna Turnblad. Elkins is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Karla Knudsen, Savannah, Georgia, directed this piece. When asked about the work, she said, “I'm directing a show called box., a collaboration with my wildly-gifted friend, Dennis Elkins. The title is not capitalized because cardboard boxes are unassuming, but this is the kind of work that matters in big ways. This is the kind of work I could happily do every day of my life.” The other members of the production team include New York lighting designer, Elaine Wong, and Chicago-based sound designer, Robert Hornbostel. Monique Cuyler, based in Colorado Springs, is the Stage Manager.