Overview

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box
By Adrienne Kennedy
Now streaming on demand

It is 1941, and Kay and Chris are in love. Yet the letters they exchange are not tender professions, but painful reminiscences—of Chris’ wealthy white father who laid the architecture for local segregation, of Kay’s brutalized Black mother whose death remains a mystery, and of the myriad forces that separate them. Written in 2018, Adrienne Kennedy’s newest work is a brief but expansive memory play that conjures “dread, romance and a tragic surrealism all at once” (New York Times). He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is a heartbreaking collage of family memories, historical specters, and theatrical allusions, hypnotically woven together with a poetry that is distinctively Kennedy’s own.

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He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box runs approximately 35 minutes.
Content Warning: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box features adult language and mature themes, including allusions to racial and sexual violence and murder.

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is part of The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence play festival produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center.

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 Reimagined Virtual Season is sponsored by Mitch & Heidi Dupler, Linda Ravdin & Don Shapero, and The Zickler Family.
The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence  festival is underwritten by The RPM Fund.
He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box  is sponsored by Jay & Robin Hammer.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Hailed as “American theatre’s greatest and least compromising experimentalist” (New York Times), Adrienne Kennedy is one of the most prolific and widely studied living playwrights. Since bursting onto the scene in 1964 with Funnyhouse of a Negro, Kennedy’s enthralling lyrical dramas have influenced generations of storytellers, from Suzan-Lori Parks to Robert O’Hara, Shonda Rhimes to Jeremy O. Harris. Despite her outsized influence, three Obie Awards, and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame, Adrienne Kennedy is not a household name. This festival is a celebration of why she should be. Round House shines a light on four deeply personal stories from Kennedy’s astonishing body of work with four weeks of virtual theatrical experiences and dynamic conversations, offering audiences the opportunity to discover Kennedy’s singular voice—a startling mix of the surreal with the all too real. 

NOTE: Plays will be released weekly and will be available on demand through February 2021. Patrons may purchase a full festival pass or choose individual plays.

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Photo of actors Maya Jackson and Michael Sweeney Hammond by Maboud Ebrahimzadeh.
Photo of actors Maya Jackson and Michael Sweeney Hammond by Maboud Ebrahimzadeh.
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