Boxed In (2020)

Dir. Stephanie LeBolt

After the COVID-19 pandemic, my scheduled production of Boxed In was radically altered. What was once a performance space equipped with a myriad of lights, sound equipment, and an attentive in-person audience, is now a virtual room, a house for visitors to forage through and examine. Because at the heart of Boxed In, is the story of two parents, husband and wife, John and Louise, and what remnants of past mistakes and signs are left behind. This did not change. And with the extraordinary efforts of my beyond talented creative team, the Boxed In production was transferred online. This Boxed In adaptation interrogates parental guilt and invites the audience to dig through the memories and excavate for the truth, for what remains after tragedy.  

Boxed In - 2020
Boxed In - 2020

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Boxed In - 2020
Boxed In - 2020

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Lauren Zinser ------ LOUISE

Nick Wren ---------- JOHN


Director: Stephanie LeBolt

Asst. Director: Saskia Bakker

Dramaturg: Emma Durbin

Asst. Dramaturg: Liv Garcia

Script Supervisor: Jana Heili

Website Designer: Mikael Burke


Spanning 40 years through interviews, monologues, phone calls, diary entries, family photo albums, and newspaper clippings are the artifacts, public and private, that absorb John and Louise's home. In this multimedia podcast, BOXED IN invites the audience to tear off the roof of this home and excavate the sentience of grief and the lingering consequences of parenthood.

COHORT 20/20

A Playwriting Collective

What is Cohort 20/20?


Cohort 20/20 is a playwriting collective created and comprised by the 2020 class of DePaul BFA playwrights, Matthew Carpenter, Madie Doppelt, Emma Durbin, Brent Leibowitz, and myself.

The mission of this collective is to solely develop and incubate new work. From first drafts to first productions, Cohort 20/20 focuses its energy on promoting the various works conceived by each member. 

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Matthew Carpenter is an emerging playwright originally from Dubuque Iowa. His plays STAMPS, Heart, and A Sunset have received staged readings at The Theatre School (TTS) at DePaul University’s Wrights of Spring new play festival. Carpenter has also been Assistant Director to The Theatre School’s productions Other Desert Cities and Neighborhood III, Requisition of Doom. As a stagehand Carpenter has worked behind the scenes on every main-stage production at The Theatre School, summing up to over thirty major installations. His skills extend into carpentry, rigging, lighting, and sound all of which he actively evokes in his writing. Carpenter thrives in collaborative projects and prefers works that are civically minded. As a student, he founded a political ethics and discussion group known as The Unaffiliated whose mission is to promote comprehensive non-partisan political advocacy on campus.
BFA: Playwriting at The Theatre School at DePaul with a minor in Philosophy



Madie Doppelt is playwright and theater artist hailing from Chicago, IL. Her play FITTING IN, directed by Lisa Portes, will have its world premiere as a podcast this May. FITTING IN and ABOUT IRENE received workshop productions at the Wrights of Spring new play festival at DePaul. Through DePaul University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, Madie is adapting Charlotte Bronte’s 1853 novel VILLETTE for the stage. Dramaturgy credits include The Theatre School’s productions of HONEY GIRLS, NATIVE SON, and I AND YOU. Away from campus, Madie has worked as an intern at The Neo-Futurists and Lookingglass Theatre. Beyond theater, Madie juggles her time training, performing, and coaching circus arts across Chicago.
BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University, BA English Literature (anticipated 2020).


Emma Durbin is an early-career playwright-dramaturg whose writing centers issues of queerness, safety, and moments of freedom from the male gaze. You can look our for a zoom reading of her new queer femme rock climbing play, landscape, directed by Regina Victor on May 30th at 8:00 PM CST. Her plays OF OUR OWN, INSIDE THE PALACE ROYALE, and A STUDY have received staged readings at The Theatre School (TTS) at DePaul University’s Wrights of Spring new play festival. In her time at TTS she has dramaturged a total of ten productions, seven of which were new plays. She has interned at the Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Ashland New Plays Festival. Emma attended the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive at the Kennedy Center with Mark Bly.
Playwriting BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University (anticipated 2020).

Brent Leibowitz is an early-career playwright who is Boston-born but has found his artistic home in Chicago. Brent’s twistedly funny works have previously premiered at Wrights of Spring including “I’m a Dragon” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. Prior to his time at DePaul, Brent studied playwriting at pre-college programs at Brown University and Emerson College. Brent has also recently completed an internship with DDO Artists Agency after serving as both the casting and artistic intern for Northlight Theatre. Brent looks forward to doing literary work at Florida Studio Theatre after he graduates.

Playwriting BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University (anticipated 2020)