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Theater Company Heads to Boston in a 'Brown Box'

Posted by Alex Pearlman  October 16, 2011 06:04 PM

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brownboxtheatreproject.jpgBy Meghan Gilligan

Inspiring ideas are conceptualized in a variety of situations. Whether you're lying in bed, sitting behind the wheel of a car, raising a hand in lecture, location is everything. In the case of the Brown Box Theatre Project, the idea came about in conversation on a New York City subway car.

Theater artists Kyler Taustin and Kim Barrante founded the Brown Box Theatre Project, a pioneer in the world of fringe theater, in 2009 and put on their first full production six months later in New York. After their most recent production of Twelfth Night, the company packed up and moved to Boston to extend its network of artistic opportunities.

“Our name was born out of our desire to create theater that can be packed up in a brown cardboard box and toured to other communities who have little access to the performing arts,” said Taustin, the company's artistic director, in an email interview.

The duo developed this platform for creative opportunity based on a desire for a theatrical experience that their work at previous companies had left unsatisfied. The company’s mission is to create opportunities for theater artists while simultaneously encouraging them to take hold of the creative reins in their careers.

tworoomsbrownboxtheatreproject.jpg“Life's short,” Taustin said. “In theater, as in life, it's easy to get stuck waiting for the right opportunity to come along.”

Brown Box inspires theater artists to stop waiting and start creating their own opportunities. The company accepts submissions from all theater artists, performers, directors, and playwrights. The unique policy allows theater artists to potentially play a dream role, find the perfect directors for a play – basically, to have the creative means to carry out their dream work, whatever that may be.

Brown Box came to Boston for a few reasons, Taustin said: to collaborate with other theater companies, to increase and improve work, and to reach greater audiences.

“The Small Theatre Alliance of Boston (STAB) is a testament to what successes can occur when artists work together rather than facilitate an ‘every man for himself’ mentality,” Taustin said. “Brown Box is excited to apply for membership to STAB.”

Taustin and fellow Brown Box theater artists are currently setting their upcoming four-production season in stone. “With our move to Boston, 2012 is building up to be filled with fresh and thrilling endeavors,” Taustin said.

About Meghan -- I'm a junior at Boston University studying magazine journalism. I grew up in New Jersey and London (I know -- different), and my family moved to NYC when I graduated high school. In my free time, I like to cook, travel, and write, and I recently discovered that I love yoga.

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