The cast of the off-Broadway play, BOX, gathered on Thursday for a sneak peak and celebration of its theatrical debut at Arena in midtown.

The play, directed by Marishka Phillips and written by award-winning playwright, Fred Shahadi, follows the story of four Haitian refugees who escape Haiti aboard an industrial ocean liner on a quest for the American Dream.

Director Marishka Phillips talks about her journey bringing the play to stage and announces her cast.


One of the play’s producers, Fabrice Armand, says that the play’s story sheds light on the culture and history of Haiti. It is intended to open a discussion about Haitian people and immigrants from all over the world.


30 Rock‘s Kevin Brown stars in the play as “Magnum.”


Actor Ayinde Howell stars in the play as “Christophe”.


Actor Rashad Edwards depicts the character “Toussaint” in the play.


DJs MOMA and CEO played hits throughout the night while patrons enjoyed a VIP champagne bar and raffle during the launch party event.


BOX will run from September 15th to October 6th at the Midtown Theater. A portion of the production’s proceeds will benefit the Carma Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps fight poverty in Haiti. The Carma Foundation is run by Melky Jean, sister of rapper Wyclef.

– Tracey

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