In photo: Barbara Troy, Kelly Komlen, K Edmonds, Kelly Rossie, Katie Galazka, Janee Ann Smith. Photo by Molly McMahon

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BoxFest Detroit announces 2011 festival schedule

10 Female directors reshape the theatrical box for BoxFest Detroit 2011

DETROIT— The producers of BoxFest Detroit are pleased to announce BoxFest Detroit 2011, an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors. The festival will run Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and evenings, Aug. 5 – 20, with a celebratory opening event on Thursday, Aug. 4. BoxFest Detroit 2011 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

This year’s festival showcases ten women directors as they direct original plays. Some directors will be familiar faces to past BoxFest Detroit attendees, but this year more than half of the directors are new to the festival. Directors reshaping the box this year include Hillary Sea Bard, Crystal Reign Brock, K Edmonds, Angie Ferrante, Katie Galazka, Kelly Komlen, Jackie Strez, Barbara Troy, Barbie Amann Weisserman and Megan Wright. The production staff for this year’s festival includes Molly McMahon, serving as artistic director, and Kelly Rossi as executive director.

While the festival officially begins on Friday, Aug. 5, BoxFest Detroit 2011 will commence with an opening celebration on Thursday, Aug. 4. The evening’s theme will be “BoxFest Detroit: Then and Now.” Festivities will begin with cocktail hour at 7pm with entertainment to follow at 8pm. Special letters from past directors will be read and memorable monologues will be performed. Following the performance, there will be a casual meet and greet with the BoxFest Detroit directors and staff, and complimentary food and drink will be provided. Admission for this event will be $7 per person.

BoxFest Detroit 2011 opens Friday, Aug. 5 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 20 with a performance schedule as follows:

7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm – 10pm: Two hour-long blocks of programming
3pm – 6pm: Three hour-long blocks of programming
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm – 10pm: Two hour-long blocks of programming

A detailed performance schedule can be found on our website,

BoxFest Detroit has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers. Directors who have participated in past festivals have gone on to pursue graduate studies at highly competitive universities, become directors at professional theatres, and form their own successful theatre and production companies.

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 performances by using the lobby to create an art gallery for female inspired art. Proceeds from the event are given 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.

For more information about BoxFest Detroit, please visit

Detailed Schedule of BoxFest Detroit 2011

Block 1: Maybe by Kelly Rossi, directed by Crystal Reign Brock

Block 2: Falling From Grace by Savannah Ganster, directed by K Edmonds
Kill Me, Please by Rhea MacCallum, directed by Hillary Sea Bard

Block 3: Live at the Orient Express by Barbara Troy, directed by Barbara Troy
A Little Experimenting by Rhea MacCallum, directed by Kelly Komlen

Block 4: delilah. by Len Cuthbert, directed by Katie Galazka
Clown Therapy by Nina Mansfield, directed by Barbie Amann Weisserman

Block 5: AM or PM by Hillary Sea Bard, directed by Megan Wright
Death of a Snowman by Daniel Guyton, directed by Jackie Strez
Kung Foolery by Brett Hursey, directed by Angie Ferrante

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

Saturday, Aug. 6: 3pm: Block 3
4pm: Block 5
5pm: Block 2
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 1
9pm: Block 2

Friday, Aug. 12: 7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 4
9pm: Block 3

Saturday, Aug. 13: 3pm: Block 3
4pm: Block 1
5pm: Block 2
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 5
9pm: Block 4

Friday, Aug. 19: 7pm Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 4
9pm: Block 5

Saturday, Aug. 20: 3pm: Block 1
4pm: Block 3
5pm: Block 2
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Block 2
9pm: Block 1
10pm: Awards and Variety Show

Contributed by Molly McMahon

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