‘box.’ is coming back Dec. 23

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
As a Christmas present to the wonderful patrons of Thingamajig Theatre Company, Dennis Elkins is bringing his touching one-man show back to the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts (PSCA) for one night only on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
As a Christmas present to the wonderful patrons of Thingamajig Theatre Company, Dennis Elkins is bringing his touching one-man show back to the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts (PSCA) on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.
“box.” made its Colorado premiere at the PSCA as a part of the Thingamajig Playwrights Festival, where it was met with rave reviews by all who saw it. Because of popular demand, Elkins and the PSCA have decided to re-launch “box.” in Pagosa for one night only.
This one-man show is written and performed by Elkins, a former Fort Lewis College professor and frequent visiting artist at Thingamajig Theatre. Over 70 minutes, Elkins leads the audience through the last few large moves in his life from emptying out his childhood home after his mother’s passing to packing up his Durango home to move into his New York City apartment.
Through this journey, the audience meets many characters in Elkins’ life including, but not limited to, his frugal and unsentimental stepmother, his hard to shop for ex-wife, and his musically gifted son who couldn’t say his “r” sounds. These characters, while all wildly different from each other, blossom on stage through Elkins.
Although this is a one-man show, Elkins does have one fellow cast member on stage with him: an extra large cardboard box. This singular, unassuming box supports Elkins in a way that allows his natural, yet dynamic, storytelling to burst forward. Because of its flexibility, the box takes on any form Elkins needs.
Through conversations about Hummel figurines and martini glasses, Elkins picks apart how we get so much stuff and the intense process of shedding possessions that somehow define who we are, where we’ve come from and where we hope to go.
Ultimately, this show is about moving — moving boxes, moving places, moving on — and how we keep belongings through these transformations in our lives for a multitude of reasons. Some that we cannot begin to describe eloquently.
If you’ve ever moved in your life, this show will touch upon a feeling hard to describe, but somehow present in all of us, no matter our experiences. It is universal. It is complicated. It is altogether human.
Luckily for the Pagosa Springs community, this beautiful and touching show will be back on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. for one night only. If you purchased a Thingamajig season ticket with festival pass, but did not see “box.,” your season ticket is good for this performance.
For tickets and more information, visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

This story was posted on December 2, 2018.