Great opening weekend! The review is up to prove it!

By admin, August 4, 2013 10:22 am

Hi BoxFest Fans!

Molly here.  I just wanted to update you all on what a fantastic first weekend of the festival we had.  Audiences were solid and we had good houses for each day but Friday.  We were competing with the Tigers game so we knew attendance would be light but we want to give a special thank you shout out for the folks who braved Friday’s traffic to go to BFD.

The first weekend of the festival has passed, but the good news is you still have one more week left to check out the 11 shows we’re exhibiting this year.  AND the Tigers are out of town all next week so you won’t have to worry about traffic being as congested.  Let’s see… what else… OH YEAH, THE REVIEWS ARE UP!

Encore Michigan sent 3(!) different reviewers this year to cover all of the shows and in record time, wrote and published their review of BFD 2013.  (Thanks Don, Carolyn, and John for visiting us on our busy weekend.  We know parking was NOT easy!)  Check it out here!

We hope to see all of you next weekend!  We’ve got some amazing shows that deserve some great audiences.  See you then!

BFD’s 2013 Directors!

By admin, July 8, 2013 6:00 pm

Well BoxFest fans, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… so far any ways.

The calls have gone out and here are the fabulous directors who are participating in this year’s festival:

Sherrine Azab, Emily Caffery, Anna Castelaz, Amanda Ewing, Ileah Mare, Lori M. Reece, Terie Spencer and Megan Wright.
All the directors have begun rehearsals and excited to show their work at the festival!
Remember to keep checking back for details about scheduling and information about the plays and directors.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.
Until next time, BFD fans!

BFD has a new home!

By admin, June 5, 2013 6:15 pm

Greetings BoxFest fans!

BoxFest Detroit has taken place at the Furniture Factory in Detroit for the past five years.  Unfortunately, that space is no longer being used as a theatre space and we were forced to find a new home.  Well, we found one!

Drumroll please…

BoxFest Detroit 2013 will be performed at The Elizabeth Theater above Park Bar in downtown Detroit!!! The festival will take place throughout the first two weeks of August with programming on three days of each week instead of the traditional two we’ve done in years past.  We are very excited to be partnering with The Elizabeth Theater and for our fans to see this relatively newer theatre.

Also, just a reminder to all prospective directors, playwrights, and actors out there… the deadlines for submissions are coming up!  Check out the Contact page for deadline and information about participating in the festival.

I mean, really, why wouldn’t you want to?  You’ll meet and network with other artists, gain experience in a festival setting, have opportunities to win awesome awards and be reviewed by critics?  If that’s not enough, I don’t know what else to say.  Put yourself out there and join us!

Until next time!

BoxFest seeks directors, actors, playwrights and designers for 2013 festival!

By admin, May 14, 2013 8:31 pm

Let the submitting begin!

It’s that time of year again and BFD 2013 is off and running.  We are looking for directors, actors, playwrights, designers and technicians to participate in this year’s festival.  Please visit the contact page for information about submitting and deadlines.

WE WANT YOU!

Once we send it out, we’ll post a copy of the press release here… but this is a good enough start.  Right?  Right!

BoxFest Detroit’s 2012 Winners!

By admin, October 2, 2012 3:03 pm

Well, the old adage “better late than never” could certainly apply to this web update.  BoxFest Detroit certainly deserves some finger wagging for this oversight and to all the patrons and fans out there waiting with bated breathed for the announcement of the winners, we truly apologize.  But, winners we have and… drum roll please… here they are:

Winner of the Planet Ant Late Night Series directing slot: Jackie Strez
Winner of the Purple Rose Theatre Company Actor/Director Lab scholarship: Carrie Morris
Winner of the BoxFest Detroit financial scholarship: Nati Salgado

The festival received wonderful reviews and wrapped up as another successful festival.

Keep checking our website throughout the year for updates and calls for artists!  Until then, thanks for your support and we’ll see you next year!

BoxFest Detroit 2012′s first weekend is a success!

By admin, August 10, 2012 11:57 am

BoxFest Detroit 2012 started off with a bang this year.  Our opening night celebration was a ton of fun and was a great way to kick off the festival.  On Thursday, Kelly A. Rossi, BFD’s Executive Director, directed a staged reading of Ann Forsythe’s play When the Moon Disappeared.  Afterwards, she attempted to answer a question patrons consistently ask us EVERY year: “So what exactly does a director DO?”  Many of the 2012 festival directors were in the audience, with Kelly leading the discussion, they were able to help try to answer this complicated question.

After the staged reading and Kelly’s presentation, Don Calamia, Editorial Director for Encore Michigan, stopped by to interview some of the ladies involved in this year’s festival.  Molly McMahon, Carrie Morris, Kelly A. Rossi and Jackie Strez, along with the audience, had a wonderful conversation about the history of BoxFest Detroit, BFD’s relevance in the community today, as well as details about this year’s festival.  Lots of laughs were had by all.  If you want to listen to the podcast online, click here!

On Friday and Saturday of that week, John Quinn, reviewer from Encore Michigan, stopped by to check out all five blocks of performances.  Click here to read his review: ‘BoxFest Detroit 2012′: Hot plays for the dog days of summer!

All in all, opening weekend was filled with fun, food and most of all THEATRE!  Remember, our second weekend of performances starts tonight at 8pm.  See our schedule of events page for more detailed information.  We’ll see you at the festival!

The BoxFest Detroit 2012 Schedule is Here!

By admin, July 30, 2012 9:27 pm

So this update is a little past due, we know.  But we’re excited that you’ve checked back to find out what’s happening with BoxFest Detroit 2012.  The festival is only a few days away!

The producers of BoxFest Detroit are pleased to announce BoxFest Detroit 2012, an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors.  The festival will run Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and evenings, Aug. 3 – 18, with a celebratory opening event on Thursday, Aug. 2.  BoxFest Detroit 2012 will be held at The Furniture Factory, 4126 3rd St, Detroit, MI 48201. Admission is payable by cash only at the door with day passes for $10 and festival passes for $30.  For more information, please visit the website www.boxfestdetroit.com.

This year’s festival showcases ten women directors as they direct original plays.  Half of the directors participating this year are new to the festival and, along with some returning directors, they all exhibit a creative diversity not previously seen at BoxFest Detroit.  “While many of this year’s directors have focused on more familiar theatrical genres, we also have some participating drawing from strong performance art and puppetry backgrounds,” Artistic Director, Molly McMahon reports.  “With the overwhelming majority of this year’s directors having BoxFest Detroit or other professional credits on their resumes, this may be our most experienced group of directors gathered together in one festival yet!” Directors reshaping the box this year include Stephanie Buck, Kennikki Jones-Jones, Madison Lynn McEvilly, Carrie Morris, Ileah-MaRè Nichols, Natividad M. Salgado, Terie Spencer, Jackie Strez, Kristen Nader and Megan Wright.  The production staff for this year’s festival includes Molly McMahon and Kelly Rossi, serving as executive director.

While the festival officially begins on Friday, Aug. 3, BoxFest Detroit 2012 will commence with an opening celebration on Thursday, Aug. 2. Festivities will begin with cocktail hour at 7pm where patrons can meet and mingle with the BoxFest Detroit directors and staff.  Live entertainment follows at 8pm. Following the performance, there will be a live podcast hosted by Encore Michigan featuring a panel of women associated with BoxFest Detroit.  Complimentary food and drink will be provided.  Admission for this event will be $7 per person.

BoxFest Detroit 2012 opens Friday, Aug. 3 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 18 with a performance schedule as follows:

Fridays: 7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm – 10pm: Two hour-long blocks of programming

Saturdays: 4pm – 6pm: Two hour-long blocks of programming
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm – 10pm: Two hour-long blocks of programming

Detailed Schedule of BoxFest Detroit 2012

Block 1: Apples and Oranges, by Audra Lord, directed by Stephanie Buck
Saudades, by Savannah Ganster, directed by Natividad M. Salgado

Block 2: Here Comes the Bride, by Ron Morelli, directed by Kennikki Jones-Jones
This is the Play, by Aaron Timlin, directed by Jackie Strez

Block 3: The Blankie, by Suzanne Baillie, directed by Carrie Morris
When I Was, by Rhea MacCallum, directed by Terie Spencer

Block 4: Bronte’s Mom, by Jacquelyn Priskorn, directed by Megan Wright
Sam’s Secret, by Ileah Marè Nichols, directed by Ileah Marè Nichols

Block 5: It’s Not Like It’s a Cat, by Suzanne Baillie, directed by Kristen Nader
Objects, Rooms, by Madison Lynn McEvilly, directed by Madison Lynn McEvilly

Friday, Aug. 3:
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 2
9pm: Block 3

Saturday, Aug. 4:
4pm: Block 3
5pm: Block 4
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 1
9pm: Block 5

Friday, Aug. 10:
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 2
9pm: Block 3

Saturday, Aug. 11:
4pm: Block 1
5pm: Block 5
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 4
9pm: Block 1

Friday, Aug. 17:
7pm Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 3
9pm: Block 2

Saturday, Aug. 18:
4pm: Block 4
5pm: Block 2
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 1
9pm: Block 5
10pm: Awards and Variety Show

The Do Over is a hit!!!

By admin, June 10, 2012 7:37 pm

Kelly Komlen-Amadei, the winner of the 2011 BoxFest Detroit Audience Vote, opens her show at Planet Ant Theatre to great reviews!  Here’s a link to the review up on EncoreMichigan.com:

http://www.encoremichigan.com/article.html?article=6179

There’s only one weekend left to check it out what this BoxFest Detroit director has been up to, so make your reservations today.  Go to planetant.com for information and reservations.

AND, don’t forget we’re still accepting appointments for our upcoming general auditions!  Email molly@boxfestdetroit.com for information and appointments.

Kelly Komlen-Amadei directs The Do Over at Planet Ant Theatre!

By admin, May 29, 2012 8:49 am

The winner of BoxFest Detroit’s 2011 Audience Vote Award, Kelly Komlen-Amadei, prepares to open her show, The Do Over, at Planet Ant Theatre.  Her production, A Little Experimenting, was voted best directed at last year’s festival.

Planet Ant Theatre announces the next installment of the 2012 Late Night Series directed by BoxFest Detroit 2011 Winner Kelly Komlen-Amadei, The Do Over, written by Michigan playwright Margaret Edwartowski.  The cast includes Jon Ager, Karen Kron, and Margaret Edwartowski as Tolia, the Polish maid.

In The Do Over, old flames Ben and Bernadette decide to meet in person after re-connecting via social media.  Neither knows what to expect from this stolen weekend.

The Do Over opens June 1, 2012 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 9PM through June 16. *Please note there is not a performance on Saturday, June 2. There will be a performance on Tuesday, June 5 in its place. Tickets are $10 and seating is general admission. Planet Ant Theatre is located at 2357 Caniff Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212. For reservations call 313.365.4948, text 313.288.8828 or email reservations@planetant.com. For more information go to www.planetant.com.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, June 1 – 9PM – OPENING
*Tuesday, June 5 – 9PM*
Friday, June 8 – 9PM
Saturday, June 9 – 9 PM
Friday, June 15 – 9 PM
Saturday, June 16 – 9 PM

Logo created by Jessica Tiernan.

BoxFest Detroit 2012 CALL FOR ARTISTS!!!

By admin, May 21, 2012 6:15 pm

Well, folks, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… BoxFest Detroit is seeking directors, playwrights, actors, designers and technicians for our 2012 festival!

BoxFest Detroit 2012 at the Furniture Factory in Detroit Fridays and Saturdays August 3rd – 18th!

BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors.  Though the main focus of the event is the directors, BoxFest Detroit creates a festive energy by including special opening and closing night events and by using the lobby to create an art installation featuring local artists.  Proceeds from the event are given to one to two directors as a scholarship to help further her career and the winner of the audience vote competition is given the opportunity to direct a show with Planet Ant Theatre’s Late Night Series.

Heres what we are looking for:

-DIRECTORS: Ladies, please contact us by Friday, June 8th if you are interested in directing in this year’s festival, e-mail us at molly@boxfestdetroit.com.

-PLAYWRIGHTS: We need scripts from playwrights (male or female and royalty-free) for our directors to direct!  Please send us any scripts between 5-60 minutes in length. Please submit scripts by Friday, June 8th to kelly@boxfestdetroit.com.

-ACTORS: Male or female actors interested in joining the BoxFest Detroit Company.  Actors will have the chance to audition for the directors in June.  Date, location and time will be announced shortly.  If you are interested in auditioning, please e-mail your resume for consideration to molly@boxfestdetroit.com, by June 14th.

-DESIGNERS AND TECHNICIANS: Stage managers, lighting designers, scenic designers, board operators, and stagehands.  Please submit resumes by June 8th to kelly@boxfestdetroit.com.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s event (or if you have any questions) please e-mail boxfestinfo@boxfestdetroit.com.  All positions are volunteer.

Please stay tuned for more information!  Details to be announced soon.

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