About Cannibals of the Heart

Cannibals of the Heart is being produced in association with the playwright himself. Vanilla Box Productions is proud to put this new show on stage for the first time. We are thrilled to be a part of the development phase of this play.



Cannibals of the Heart OR Louisa Adams Writes a Play imagines that late in her life, Louisa Adams—our country’s only playwriting First Lady—decided to write a play that would be unflinchingly autobiographical—a play that that would place her mercurial marriage to John Quincy Adams and her relationship to the other members of her tragically disposed family upon a creative armature comfortably familiar to her, given her lifelong love of theater and its potential for trenchant storytelling.

The play takes place on the stage of the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. in late spring of 1837 shortly after Louisa Adams’ sixty-second birthday


Vanilla Box Productions

The mission of Vanilla Box Productions is to create quality entertainment by producing classic and contemporary theatrical works in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.  We inspire, enrich, and engage the Central Massachusetts community by providing educational opportunities for youth and adults through a performing arts platform.