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'The BOX' End of Isolation Tour: Chicago, Illinois

Event Date:

August 6 - 8, 2022 | 7:30 PM CDT


Haymarket House
800 W Buena Ave

Chicago, IL 60613

End of Isolation Tour logo with map of tour stops. Graphic by Kate Deciccio.

Join us and help bring The BOX—a play based on true stories of resistance to solitary confinement—to...

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End of Isolation Tour: Chicago, IL

The End of Isolation Tour (EIT) 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. (EIT) 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


  • Friday, August 5 — 7:30-9:30pm
  • Saturday, August 6 — 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sunday, August 7 — 7:30-9:30pm

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

Uptown People's Law Center - A full-service, community based, legal clinic advocating for prisoners, tenants, and disabled people denied public benefits.
Haymarket Books - Haymarket’s mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. They are the publisher of Flying Kites, a nonfiction graphic novel about the 2013 California Prison Hunger Strike that Sarah Shourd co-created.
Planting Justice - A nonprofit addressing the structural inequalities embedded in the industrialized food system and transforming the food system one garden at a time.
Visualizing Abolition - A public scholarship initiative at University of California Santa Cruz with the aim to foster creative research and shift the social attachment to prisons through art and education.

Unlock the Box - A national advocacy campaign aimed at ending solitary confinement in all U.S. prisons, jails, detention facilities, and juvenile facilities. The group works with survivors, family members, and advocates to end state-sponsored torture and adhere to the standards laid out by the United Nations.
Solitary Watch - A national watchdog group that investigates and documents the widespread use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. Solitary Watch offers original reporting, background research, and advocacy tools to promote awareness, debate, and change.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) - NRCAT mobilizes people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice, and culture. NRCAT is composed of more than 300 religious organizations. Its mission is to advance the values of human dignity, human rights, and an end to torture, without exception.

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.

Please be in your seat 10 minutes before the performance begins. At that time, any unclaimed seats will be offered for sale to the public.

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



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