BoxFest Detroit

BoxFest Detroit
July 12, 2019 paperlesslion

Comedies, dramas and stuff to make you think are among the 14 original works by female and female-identifying theatre artists at this year’s BoxFest Detroit. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 16-24, at Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck over the next two weekends.

Directors reshaping the box this year are Rachel Keown Burke, Asia Marie Hicks, Kez Settle, Shelby R. Seeley, Kryssy Becker, Carrie Morris, Andaiye Spencer, Charity Clark-Anderson, Kennikki Jones-Jones, Stephanie Stoiko, Audra Jantz, Andi Maziarz, Lillian Washington, and Michelle Studer.

The producing team for BoxFest Detroit 2019 includes Amanda Grace Ewing, Kelly Rossi, and Molly McMahon. In addition to the performances, the festival will also feature an Awards Ceremony on closing night.

Admission is payable by cash and credit cards at the door with day passes for $10. A limited number of festival passes are on sale for $30 and may also be purchased at the door. More information and a link to BoxFest Detroit’s annual Indiegogo fundraiser can be found at

Planet Ant Theatre is located at 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck, MI, 48212.

Detailed Schedule for BoxFest Detroit 2019:

  • BOX 1
    “That’s What Friends are For” by Margaret Berger, directed by Audra Jantz
    “Boxes are Magic” by Allie Costa, directed by Kryssy Becker
    “Sock Puppet Fetish Noir” by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, directed by Stephanie Stoiko
  • BOX 2
    “Expecting Hamilton” by Chip Bolcik, directed by Andi Maziarz
    “The Blizzard” by Chip Bolcik, directed by Carrie Morris
    “Television Blues” by Jay Kettering, directed by Kennikki Jones-Jones
  • BOX 3
    “On The Edge” by Steven San Luis, directed by Asia Marie Hicks
    “Pizza Slut” by Sarah Elisabeth Brown, directed by Shelby R. Seeley
  • BOX 4
    “Ten Minute Grief Counseling” by John McDonnell, directed by Kez Settle
    “Whore of Shomron” by Angela G. King, directed by Lillian Washington
    “The Dress With the Print” by Charity Clark-Anderson, directed by Charity Clark-Anderson
  • BOX 5
    “Unobtainable Calm” by Keown Burke, directed by Rachel Keown Burke
    “In Her Golden Years” by Steven Korbar, directed by Andaiye Spencer
    “Candy Coated” by Kelli Lynn Woodend, directed by Michelle Studer

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, 8/16:
    7pm: Cocktail hour
    8pm: BOX 4
    9pm: BOX 2
    10pm: BOX 5
  • Saturday, 8/17:
    4pm: BOX 1
    5pm: BOX 2 (“Television Blues” will not perform during this box)
    6pm: Dinner break
    7pm: Cocktail hour
    8pm: BOX 1
    9pm: BOX 5
    10pm: BOX 3
  • Friday, 8/23:
    7pm: Cocktail hour
    8pm: BOX 3
    9pm: BOX 4
    10pm: BOX 1
  • Saturday, 8/24:
    4pm: BOX 4
    5pm: BOX 5
    6pm: Dinner break
    7pm: Cocktail hour
    8pm: BOX 3
    9pm: BOX 2
    10pm: Awards Ceremony

For 16 years and counting, BoxFest Detroit has produced annual summer theater festivals, which create the space and support for female-identifying directors of all experience levels to share their work with audiences. Learn more about BoxFest Detroit and how to support its programs at BoxFest Detroit 2019 is sponsored by Planet Ant Theatre.

Pictured in the photo above (from left to right) are Ashley Lyle, Cristina Orlando, and Maria Kelly in Romancing the Tombstone, by Laura King, directed by Mary Conley.