Books for changing the world

August 5, 2022 - August 7, 2022 at

Haymarket House

The End of Isolation Tour: The Box, A Play About Solitary Confinement

Join us for the Chicago tour stop of the End of Isolation Tour performance of The Box: A Play About Solitary Confinement.

Haymarket House


The End of Isolation Tour presents The BOX, a play written by Sarah Shourd, a survivor of solitary confinement, in collaboration with other survivors. The BOX is a play about collective resistance and personal transformation inspired by stories in US prisons collected through years of in-depth letter correspondence and visits with incarcerated people across the country. The BOX is a rare glimpse at the intimate bonds forged in the deep end of our prison system, the ripple effects of systematic torture, and what it means to be human. The End of Isolation Tour will bring immersive, transformative theater to communities across the country on the front lines of imagining a world without prison and the torture of solitary confinement. We are more than theater alone. We are a catalyst for building, strengthening, and knitting together communities across the country on the frontlines of ending torture and isolation.

DATES: August 5th, August 6th and August 7th

TIMES: House opens at 7pm. The performance will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will last for one hour and thirty minutes. At 9pm, we will hold a 30 minute post-performance engagement circle that will focus on using our bodies to collectively process the experience. We will wrap up at 9:30.

LOCATION: Haymarket House, 800 W. Buena Ave, Chicago, IL, 60613

PRICING: $20 low-income/students/seniors, $35 sustainer, $50 uplifter

ATTENTION: Please bring your own mask to wear during the performance, N95s are preferred. All our actors and crew members have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and we ask that audience members come to our show fully vaccinated as well. This venue is equipped with HEPA air filtration.

This is an immersive theater experience. You can opt to sit in close proximity to the actors but will not be required to participate in the show. Be advised that the performance includes profanity, sexual language, and violent content which may not be appropriate for all ages. Should the show trigger you, we have ushers on hand to support you.

NOTE: A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for formerly-incarcerated and system-impacted people. To request a free ticket email Seneca ( your full name and the city and date of the performance you would like to attend. Media inquiries are also welcome.