GIANT BOX OF PR0N
by Patrick Flynn
Young, married couple Kate and Ron return home to find a large box of pornographic videotapes in their living room. Kate wants it out but Ron thinks he can crack the mystery and discover from whence the mysterious portmanteau originated. But Kate is increasingly unnerved by not only the smut but also its effect on their lives. As their neighbor Sherlock notes, this stuff is not meant to be in the open. But Kate’s own sister (Vanessa) seems to think it may be healthy. As the cassettes pile up around the apartment, uncomfortable truths surface as Kate and Ron are forced to be honest with each other about what they really want out of their lives.
- Cast Size: 2M 2W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Playwright
Patrick Flynn is a Helen Hayes Award-nominated playwright & award-winning filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. Produced stage works include The Ferberizing of Coral (winner, Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), Tinker Bell (available at Dramatic Publishing Co.), The Velveteen Rabbit (available at Theatrical Rights Worldwide), Giant Box of Pr0n(available at Next Stage Press), Sheila and Moby (Helen Hayes Recommended), Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego? (Awesome Con 2018). His podcast The Original Cast was named one of the “7 Standout Theatre Podcasts” by Playbill. Web series: I Live With This (Outstanding Series & Outstanding Writing, L.A. Webfest), Long Distance Relationship (Bronze Medal, TIVA-DC Peer Awards), Keith Powell Directs a Play (starring Keith Powell and Aubrey Plaza). His films made for the 48 Hour Film Project have won over 30 awards including 9 best-of-city citations, 3 for writing, 3 for directing, and 2 Best Films. His book Visual Literacy: A Practical Text on the Analysis, History, and Creation of Visual Media is available from Kendall-Hunt. He is a professor at American University & Catholic University and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
I was lucky enough to read this piece about a year ago and I just fell in love with it. One of my absolute favorite things is when an audience thinks they’re getting one thing and then wham! They’re hit with something completely different. Like the title infers, this piece is funny and playful, however, it is also thoughtful, human, and…a bit heartbreaking. Someone do it because I need to come see it!!!!
A funny and moving play about the importance of honest communications in relationships. Great characters, unique turns of events and an intriguing mystery make this play appealing to a wide variety of audiences.
Giant Box… is a great play for four actors who are ready to be real, be silly, and dig in to very real conversations about intimate relationships at every stage.
Mr. Flynn’s writing does the hard work of character development (there’s no guessing who these people are, but there is room to make them you’re own) and keeps the play in one location so that you can focus on the story and not the mechanics of spectacle.
Giant Box of Porn is both a very funny and very real/upsetting look at a relationship that is falling apart. I think we all know couples like Kate and Ron – people with different expectations who can’t seem to find a way to compromise and communicate in a healthy way about what they want their future to be (although we probably don’t know about their giant porn collection). This play is poignant and offers great opportunities for actors !