Brown Box Opens 8th Season

Fantasy, betrayal, dreams and the absurd create the fascinating landscape of John Kuntz’s contemporary play, The Hotel Nepenthe. With a versatile cast and director Alex Lonati at the helm, Brown Box Theatre Project is excited to bring this dark comedy to the Delmarva Peninsula from March 15-18.

Through the twisting, winding corridors of the mind lies a world both chillingly and thoroughly alien. As the settings and characters shift and morph through a series of delightfully turbulent vignettes, we are drawn down a rabbit hole of the familiar and the bizarre, held captive by endless parallel universes that seep from the stage to consume our attention from the start. Not for the faint of heart, The Hotel Nepenthe is a perilously absurd romp through the mysteries of human nature, the ripples of fair wings and alternate realities, and the search for meaning from within the abyss.

Alex Lonati, who is making her Brown Box directorial debut, says she chose The Hotel Nepenthe “both because of a love for John Kuntz’s work and because of the relevance it has to the world as it exists right now. All the characters in this play are trying to make sense of the chaos and to find connection amidst changes, challenges, and loneliness. Although this show is truly fun, silly and weird, at its core it is about searching for meaning, and that feels very real.”

The Hotel Nepenthe will provide an electric experience sure to spark provocative conversation among thoroughly-entertained audiences. In continued commitment to making theatre accessible to all audiences, Brown Box will present The Hotel Nepenthe at three different venues, with ticket prices all remaining under $25. To purchase tickets, please visit


Brown Box Theatre Project’s mission is to bring high-quality theatre to communities that otherwise lack access to the performing arts. The constant goal in all their programming is to bring down barriers that separate potential audiences from live theatre and to introduce the performing arts to the widest possible audience.


By John Kuntz

Brown Box Theatre Project

Directed by Alex Lonati

March 15-18, 2018


Michael Underhill as Actor 1

Rebecca Schneebaum as Actor 2

Margaret Clark as Actor 3

Cam Torres as Actor 4

Produced by Kyler Taustin

Production Management by Erica Paige Brown

Stage Management by Kayla Heal

Sound Design by Elizabeth Cahill

Lighting Design by Keithlyn Parkman

Scenic Design by Abby Shenker

Costume Design by Lila West

Properties Design by Sloth Levine

Dramaturgy by Jennie Morris

Technical Direction by Connor O’Brien

Carpentry by Drew O’Connors


Thursday, March 15 @ 7:30pm – Princess Anne

UMES Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center

11868 College Backbone Rd, Princess Anne, MD 21853

Friday, March 16 @ 8:00pm – Milton

The Milton Theatre

110 Union St, Milton, DE 19968

Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18 @7:30pm – Ocean City

Ocean City Center for the Arts

502 94th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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