Former Hostage Sarah Shourd Explores Effects of Solitary Confinement in 'The Box'

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The cast of 'The Box.' (Photo: Carla Hernández Ramírez)

Sarah Shourd knows firsthand what it's like to live in a prison cell. She spent 410 days in isolation in an Iranian prison, after she and two fellow Americans were detained while hiking along the Iranian border in 2009. Her play, "The Box," looks at the impact of life inside four walls, and features firsthand perspectives from immigrants, children, and prisoners sentenced to life in jail. We discuss the play and the effects of solitary confinement.

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Sarah Shourd, playwright; author of "The Box: A Play about Solitary Confinement"

Carlos Aguirre, actor in "The Box: A Play about Solitary Confinement"