Brown Box Theatre's mission is to bring high-quality theatre to communities that otherwise lack access to the performing arts. The constant goal in all our programming is to bring down barriers that separate potential audiences from live theatre and to introduce the performing arts to the widest audience possible.
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OUR APPROACH TO THEATRE
We at Brown Box see theatre as a democratic art form. We believe that theater does not live in the academy but in the streets. Unfortunately, professional theater in this country has been contracted to a handful of geographic locations, leaving the impression that it is the exclusive domain of the elite. We want to battle this misconception. Like the traveling medieval troupes that brought their shows from the cities to the villages on the back of a wagon, we load up our truck and bring theatre to the people. We are not in the business of discriminating: our repertoire includes the classical and the contemporary, the celebrated and the obscure. Our taste tends toward sets that are simple, characters that provoke, and language that resonates. Anything that does not fit in the truck gets left behind.
Brown Box works with Boston based talent to develop a diverse range of high quality theatre. These productions serve the Boston community and then tour in order to share all that the Boston Theatre Scene has to offer with audiences in Maryland, Delaware, and other communities that crave the performing arts.
Brown Box Theatre Project was founded in 2009 by Kyler Taustin to fill a void in the fine arts landscape of his home region, the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While Ocean City and surrounding areas had no lack of tourist attractions, there were few sources for professional theatre anywhere on the Delmarva Peninsula. Taustin, a graduate of Emerson College's theatre directing program, decided to change that by producing high quality theatre in major cities and touring those productions to Ocean City and other communities lacking access to the performing arts.
In 2011, Taustin sought to mount a free production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in Ocean City. A handful of excited donors, along with a dedicated cast and crew of theatre artists from Boston and New York, signed on to Taustin's vision of a free outdoor production, staged on the beach, intended to capture the attention of locals and tourists alike. The success of Twelfth Night justified Taustin's founding belief that a local audience for theatre would emerge once obstacles like cost and geography were brought down.
Twelfth Night was followed in 2012 by Romeo & Juliet, and in 2013 by A Midsummer Night's Dream. Each year the production grew in size and reach, and now Brown Box's free Shakespeare tour is an annual event that extends far beyond its bases in Boston and Ocean City. Today, this tour reaches into communities and schools throughout the Boston area and the Delmarva Peninsula. The project, which was once funded by a Kickstarter and a prayer, has grown with generous assistance from local arts councils, community foundations, businesses, and municipal government.
The last three years have also seen the growth of the company's programming outside its flagship Shakespeare tour. Brown Box's theatrical season adds provocative contemporary drama and comedy to the Fort Point district of Boston and Delmarva's long list of attractions, enriching the cultural life of both cities and surrounding areas.
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