Floyd's: More than Sandwiches


On Friday I saw the dress rehearsal for Floyd’s, a new play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. (I wasn’t going to miss a play about underdogs and sandwiches.)

Floyd’s is a roadside diner and the story is told entirely in the kitchen. All the people working there have been incarcerated, and they need this job. While serving up the run-of-the-mill sandwiches ordered by customers, these cooks dream of—and make—something bigger and better for themselves both sandwich-wise and life-wise. They wrestle with choices.

Life is hard at Floyd’s. And maybe those aren’t the kinds of battles you’re facing today, but as Nottage so eloquently said in a recent interview, we’re all trying to “negotiate our freedom and fully inhabit our bodies.” I don’t know what it’s like to be in prison and want a fresh start, but I know how my version of wanting more out of life feels. There’s a kind of freedom I want, too. And to that end, we all have big and small choices, and taking them seriously without always taking ourselves too seriously is something we all share.

Making a sandwich can be an exercise in mindfulness—particularly if you create it with intention, have a keen awareness of the elements, and find joy in infusing it with a sense of self.
— Lynn Nottage, playwright

One of the cooks says he thinks the sandwich is the most democratic of foods, one that’s available to all of us. I think that Box Lunch Lifestyle makes lunch a powerful 30 minutes of better food and time that the world can’t take away from you no matter your circumstances.

If you’re in the Twin Cities, you can see the world premiere of Floyd’s at The Guthrie Theater. If you’re in NYC, keep your eyes open. It’ll get there.