Theater made out of (and in) the box

by Tom Lee

A cohort of recent Harvard grads grabbed some notable digital ink on the New York Times' ArtsBeat blog last week for Starbox, a site-specific installation-theater piece created by Art.Party.Theater.Company in New York's Bryant Park. Mary Birnbaum '05 is Art.Party’s artistic director; she created the piece with artistic producer Jess Burkle '06 and writer Mattie Brickman, claiming that the show presents "the accouterments of fame under an artificial microscope." The "microscope" in question is a mylar-shrouded structure supposedly occupied by a celebrity, and onlookers are encouraged to stand in line for a quick encounter inside. (It was designed and built by Grace Laubacher '09 and Kevin Davies '10, who worked on it recently in the Agassiz Theatre scene shop.) Other Harvard grads working out of the Starbox include Alison Rich '09 and former Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club president Kara Kaufman '08.

Celebrity stalkers—or the just plain curious—can experience Starbox July 30, August 6 and August 13, 6:30-8:30 pm at Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

[Caption: Can you spot the celebrity in this photo? (Credit: Karly Domb Sadof for The New York Times)]