Featured image of article: ConVal Fall Play “Infinite Black Suitcase” In The LHT October 21-23

ConVal Fall Play “Infinite Black Suitcase” In The LHT October 21-23

It has been 20 months, 88 weeks, 613 days, 14,706 hours, 882,386 minutes, 52,943,216 seconds since the last in-person audience in the Lucy Hurlin Theatre. ConVal Theatre Arts was thrilled to welcome a live audience to their opening night performance of “Infinite Black Suitcase” by EM Lewis.

In thirteen vignettes, Lewis leads us through an insightful and endearing examination of a single day in the lives of three Oregonian families as they attempt to deal with the trauma of death and dying as humanly and lovingly as possible.

The play is particularly poignant this year, ConVal Theatre director Liz Moore noted. “It has been a … … … There aren’t enough appropriate words in the English language to describe the experience of last two years and the infinite variety of ways in which they have re-shaped each of us. It has been a time of incredible change, growth, and struggle.”

“While a play about grief and community will always be a challenge, it seemed even more fitting for our current times and for these students that I have the enviable privilege to create it with. The fact that so many of them came out for this production with such enthusiasm and commitment for telling these stories speaks volumes of their talent, dedication, and desire to connect and communicate.”

The following students appear in a variety of roles throughout the play (in alphabetical order): Zach Cassidy, Katherine Craig, Alissa Cutting, Rowan Davidson, Max DePoyster, Nick DiNino, Jessica Hench, Esther Janis, Lili Juarez, Hadi Lancaric, Addie Mackensen, Rhiannon Moore, Charlotte Murphy, Beau Olesky, Mia Schwabe, Charlie Savage, Haley Serafine, Dan Sleeper, Kaitlyn Stone, Annelise Strong, Caroline Stultz, Liasiah Torres, Ryan Whitney, Alex Williams, and Gabe Young.

The play’s production crew includes Haley Serafine (Stage Manager), Jennifer Hopkins (Lighting Designer), Kai Flynn (Sound Operator), and Makila Sesito (Mic Operator).

Performances continue this weekend.