Out from the suitcase comes drama

Key City Theatre's inaugural Suitcase Project premiered its final performance Thursday, March 10, in the theatre's Live Lobby Lounge.

Key City Theatre’s inaugural Suitcase Project premiered its final performance Thursday

Key City Theatre’s inaugural Suitcase Project premiered its final performance Thursday

Barry Coulter

Key City Theatre’s inaugural Suitcase Project premiered its final performance Thursday, March 10, in the theatre’s Live Lobby Lounge. The audience took part in a dramatic piece that focused on conformity and isolation, with idevices as the central metaphor. In a society where we are all completely in thrall to our devices and the instant communication, someone without one is treated as a curiosity worthy of further study, like the savage in Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.’

The Suitcase Project launched as an innovative youth project in February, a series of dramatic workshops for young ages 14-20 designed meant to enhance their theatrical skills.

The Suitcase Project was led by Beth Turcon, Drama teacher at Laurie Middle School. The participants developed their ideas through the use of a suitcase filled with nondescript items, meant inspire improvisation and innovative thought.

“It’s an opportunity for young people to experience devised theatre in a safe and creative space” Turcon said in an earlier release. “In devised theatre they create something from nothing, with no limitations. It is an opportunity to open creative channels, think outside the box and create something meaningful to them. The hope is that what is created will communicate something meaningful to the participants and even incite important changes.”

With files from Brenda Babinski