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Players open an “Infinite Black Suitcase”


The play “Infinite Black Suitcase,” written by E.M. Lewis, is a compilation of 14 different vignettes that cross over three varying storylines in order to create an atmosphere of dark humor, all while exploring the subjects of death and dying. It’s only been performed on the West Coast, and never by a high school before.

However, members of Staples Players seem prepared to take on the minor mountain that they’ve found for themselves.

“As a director, I really like the way the scenes, storylines, and characters overlap and relate to each other,” director David Roth said. “I think it will be a directing challenge to tell all five of these occasionally intersecting stories fully and simultaneously.”

Players was given the opportunity to premier “Infinite Black Suitcase” by Samuel French Publishing, one of the largest theatrical publishing houses in the country. To better prepare themselves for the upcoming challenge, Players is getting the opportunity to meet with the woman who brought the story to life.

“Actually, the cast is going to get to meet the writer and discuss the script with her, which is really cool,” said Julia Greene ’15, who recently auditioned for the show.

The story centers around a family in Oregon handling matters that are quite literally life and death. Because of this, Players plans to focus most of its work around mastering the personas portrayed in the play.

“The biggest challenge will probably be the intense characters,” Isabel Perry ’15 a student director of the show said. “A majority of the rehearsals will probably be character work.”

Roth agreed with Perry. “We will have many discussions about the topics that are handled in the script and make sure that the students are comfortable so that they can really make these characters their own,” he said.

In the past, top-notch collegiate drama programs, like the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts, have performed the play – and it received rave reviews.

However, Roth doesn’t seem worried about following any other act.

“I have no idea what USC did with it, but I am sure that ours will be very different,” Roth said. “That’s one of the exciting things about premiering a new work. You get to create from the ground up and anything is possible.”

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By the age of 18, most kids have not yet chosen their favorite word. In fact, most teenagers have never even thought about such a question. Perhaps a few have been asked on a “Getting to Know You” sheet handed out by English teachers on the first day of school. But in that case, most probably just mindlessly scribbled words onto their sheets such as “literally,” or “totally,” or “dude.” Cadence Neenan ’15, on the other hand, has thought about this deeply. Her favorite word is “loquacious.” Neenan grew up in a home that fostered a love for all things English. With her mom as a former Staples High School English teacher and her dad as a librarian, Neenan was destined for a love affair with vocabulary, grammar, and reading. “My mom always used to read to me ever since I was little,” she said. “I love to read because I was raised to be a good reader.” In school, Neenan has opted to create a heavy course load that reflects her love of English and reading. AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Euro, and AP Gov are just a few of the difficult classes Neenan has chosen to take on. For Neenan, however, much of the learning and “fun with English” goes on outside the class material. “The other night, I was reading a poem during English class,” Neenan said. “I really liked it, so I brought it home and showed my mom. We spent the whole 45 minutes at dinner rhetorically analyzing it and talking about the devices the author used. It was so fun.” Alongside typical English classes, Neenan has also become a part of Inklings to exercise her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism, she fell in love with newspaper writing and, since then, has proven herself to be an essential Inklings player, as she is now the Web Managing Editor. “When I found out that I got Web Managing I had a panic attack because I was so happy,” Neenan said. “I like being a managing editor because I love the freedom the web gives me to be creative with my ideas.” Neenan also plans to use her journalism and writing skills in college and, later, in her career. “In college I want to study political science, but I am considering using that to go into journalism,” Neenan said. “Going into journalism with a focus on politics is what I am really interested in.”

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