BOXer Shorts

Chillers with Cindy Thagard and Thomas Spencer as well as director Richard Zavaglia. (Photo by Lisa Bankert / December 22, 2012)

You have one more box to open this holiday season.

“BOXer Shorts” – a showcase of original 10-minute plays that use stackable boxes for sets – will be presented at the Delray Beach Playhouse on Saturday, Dec. 29 starting at 2 p.m.

The show is the inaugural project of the playwright collaborative Palm Beach PlayMakers and will feature six brief plays ranging from comedies to drama, each with two or three characters.

“At the very beginning we started it out as an exercise,” explains Todd Caster, who directs two of the plays and, along with Lisa Bankert, contributed three pieces. “The criteria we had was that it was something about the holiday. It doesn’t have to be Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s, just some holiday. Any holiday. We wanted to keep it short, but we wanted to do plays, not skits or scenes. We wanted to make sure they were plays with a beginning, a middle and an end.”


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The resulting shows were directed by Richard Zavaglia and Michael DeGrotta (who also acts in the showcase) and feature a cast of 11 South Florida actors.

The lineup includes:

“American Dreamer” - It’s Thanksgiving dinner and an opportune time for Daniel to introduce Bobby to his bride-to-be, Sasha. With Daniel in the kitchen, Sasha and Bobby get acquainted and clear the air.

“Chillers” - Grocery stock boy Conrad becomes an unwitting human shield for the recently-jilted Barbara, who fears a run-in with her ex-boyfriend during a New Year's Eve shopping errand.

“Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” - Two lovers take refuge in a rustic shack after a blizzard has left them snowbound on the way to their Valentine’s Day destination.

“Cuts” - There are just four hours left before the holiday hiatus, and the slings and arrows are flying fast between a jaded leading lady and her ingenue scene partner.

“The Signposts of Providence” - Hannah and Ellis were lovers when they were in college and haven’t seen each other since their bad break-up following a 4th of July weekend years ago. Now Hannah is the mother of one of Ellis’ students and the two unsuspectingly reunite for a parent/teacher meeting.

“Upshot” - While searching for their misplaced Buick, two university students stumble upon a cantankerous cloaked figure perched on a park bench in the wee hours of an eerie Halloween morning.

“It’s actually harder than writing a full-length play,” adds Caster. “You have to write a story that takes place in a short amount of time. It’s very challenging. We have three comedies, but even the drama have some humorous moments in them.”

“BOXer Shorts” will be Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. 9th Street in Delray Beach. Tickets are $10 and available 561-272-1281, ext. 4 or DelrayBeachPlayhouse.com.