The BoxFest Detroit 2012 Schedule is Here!

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