July 19, 2022
An immersive play detailing the horrors of solitary confinement is coming to Eastern State Penitentiary on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14.
"The BOX" is a piece of transformative theater inspired by true events, with hopes of bringing awareness to the harsh realities of correctional institutions across the United States.
Sarah Shourd, who was held in solitary confinement for more than 400 days as a political prisoner in Iran, wrote and directed the play. Once she discovered the prevalence of solitary confinement in the U.S., she collaborated with other survivors to bring the project to life. Multiple cast and crew members were formerly incarcerated as well.
"We're thrilled to host 'The BOX' at Eastern State Penitentiary," Sean Kelley, Eastern State's Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, said in a press release. "We are always looking for new ways to connect the history of American prisons to the reality of incarceration today."
According to its website, The End of Isolation Tour aims to bring immersive theater to communities across the U.S. to imagine a world without prisons and the horrors of solitary confinement.
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Both Eastern State Penitentiary shows begin at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online.