The Paint Box

The Paint Box is a three act play about human differences.

The two main characters begin as acquaintences, progress through a state of being adversaries, and ultimately pioneer the truth as friends.

It is my hope this work demonstrates that gender, race, color, culture, age, status, economy, and affliction are not primary causes of discrimination. These conditions and characteristics are only temporary stations, leaves on a tree.

When we isolate anyone because they are wrapped in such distinctive qualities, we are drawn away from treating each other as immortal creatures and this leads us to believe our neighbor is a temporay being, a mere mortal -less than we secretly hope for ourselves- and that perception leads to abuse, condescension, and oppression.

In a deeper reality, in the trunk and the root the that tree, our values give birth to our judgements and it is here that justice (on a social level) and equality (on a personal level) are granted or denied. If we look beyond the externals, if we gaze farther and farther into the heart of another, we will soon begin to see our own likeness. We shall then find respect. We shall then find the very thing that allows us to accept ourselves... which is love.


Peter (Voiceover)

So, my dad and I set down on these two folding chairs and he pulls an old acoustic guitar from the wall and hands it to me. I sat it on my lap and just starred at it. I looked at him and he said, "Go ahead." I just sat there, kinda' looking at him like "Go ahead where?" He put his hand on my shoulder and said, "Give it a try." So, I grabbed the strings, big strum, and it rang like a bell. My father leaned in close to me and said, "You see how simple it is, son? Pure. Simple. If you let it happen, it can be as natural for you as the wind moving through the trees... a summer lawn turning green... the curve of a wave."

(dialogue excerpt from the screenplay adaption of the novel, A Handful Of Dreams)