“Outside the Box”

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outside the box

What does it mean?

– different, unconventional, or from a new perspective (source: Wikipedia)

– to approach a situation or problem in a new way (source: English Daily)

– free; not bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices (source: The Free Dictionary)

– typically used with “think” or “thinking”; based on the idea that limiting your thoughts is like thinking inside a box, which can contain only a certain number of ideas (source: The Free Dictionary)

How can you get in on it?

Our fourth season launched October 13 and 15, and we’ve already chosen the cast for the second show. Editor and director Nicole Stewart is hard at work with our next seven storytellers, helping them find the truthiest truths to share on stage next month. But already we’re looking for stories for the third show. The theme is “Outside the Box.”

And we want you to get out of yours: Let us see what you’ve got. We need true-life tales of thinking differently, unconventional wisdom, and, yes, shipping! Have you ever solved a problem in a way that was so revolutionary that you won a prize or made a gazillion dollars? Or perhaps you traveled from Singapore to Dallas in a wooden crate and lived to tell (that’s a story we must hear!). However, your submission doesn’t have to be as dramatic as all that. Maybe you’ve just got the kind of brain that’s always pushing the limits or you spent a holiday season delivering packages for UPS. We want to hear about that, too!

So if you are the walking embodiment of “outside the box,” sit down with your bad self and type us a story. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 7, at 6 p.m. The show will take place December 8, at the Wyly Theatre, and December 10, at The Texas Theatre.

Need a little inspiration? Famed cat Maru can help you find it — inside and outside the box.

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