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Infinite Black Suitcase - Full Length Play, Drama

Infinite Black Suitcase

EM Lewis

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Full Length Play, Drama

9m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573699603

"EM Lewis offers an endearing and insightful perusal into the lives of 16 rural Oregonians, dealing with the trauma of recent or impending death, during the course of a single day...Lewis gives evidence of being a significant talent to watch." - Variety

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A small town in rural Oregon.


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language


Appropriate for all audiences


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

From critically-acclaimed playwright EM Lewis, comes Infinite Black Suitcase, the story of one day in a small Oregon town and three families who are trying, in the most loving and human ways, to deal with death and dying.


"EM Lewis offers an endearing and insightful perusal into the lives of 16 rural Oregonians, dealing with the trauma of recent or impending death, during the course of a single day...Lewis gives evidence of being a significant talent to watch." - Variety

"Touchingly funny." – Back Stage West

"A great balance of humanity and humor." – L.A. Splash

"A compellingly emotional journey!" – Toulcan Times



The High School Travels of INFINITE BLACK SUITCASE
by EM Lewis
November 4, 2014
Infinite Black Suitcase premiered at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, CA in April 2007. The show was produced by The SpyAnts and was directed by Danny Parker-Lopes.


9m, 6f


Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Multicultural casting

STAN KALINSKI (37) -- An electrician. Polish Catholic. The dependable brother, who everybody leans on and calls fi rst, ever since their parents died.
“KAL” KALINSKI (34) -- Stan’s brother. A truck driver with a local route.
JANIE KALINSKI (34) -- Stan’s sister-in-law. A physical therapist and runner. Her husband has just died.
*DONNA KALINSKI (35) -- Stan’s wife. Works at home and takes care of their kids. (*Voice only -- can be double-cast.)
DAN HANLON (28) An English professor at the local community college. Quiet and bookish. He is dying.
STEPHEN MILLER (32) A landscaper. Hard-working and smart-assed, most of the time. He’s been with Dan for seven years.
LIZ MILLER (29) An interior designer. Dressed with casual quirkiness. Stephen’s sister.
JOE STRICKLIN (38) Katie’s ex-husband. They have three daughters --17, 14 and 12 -- who are with Katie and Tony during the week and Joe on the weekends. Joe works at Wilco Farmer’s Co-Op (which sells everything from chicken feed to John Deere tractors). He likes to drink a couple beers in the evening and fi ddle with car engines with old Stones albums playing in the background.
KATIE LIU (38) Tony’s wife, Joe’s ex-wife. Not Asian American, but took Tony’s name when they married eight years ago. She is dying. She was a cheerleader when she and Joe were in high school together, high-energy and confident, not ditzy. She’s paler and thinner, now, and has lost her hair (her head is covered in a bright scarf).
TONY LIU (52) Katie’s husband, Asian American. He’s a sales manager at the paper mill. Plays golf, and goes to competitions around the state regularly. Steady and even-tempered (except with Joe, who can light his fuse like nobody he’s ever met). His marriage to Katie is his fi rst marriage.
MARY OLIVER (42) She was married to her husband, Roger, for thirteen years, but he died eighteen months ago. She hasn’t been on a date since she dated him.
FRANK HARPER (45) He’s worked at the hardware store in town for twenty years. A guy’s guy, but personable. Today, he’s been drinking. 
FATHER SEBASTIAN (70) A Catholic priest. He takes his job seriously, but has a sense of humor. Fond of potlucks and college basketball.
JAKE HARRISON (65) A retired electrician, who preferred working to retirement.
ANNE HARRISON (60) Jake’s second wife. Elegant, even in unelegant surroundings.
APRIL MERRIWEATHER (24) Assistant Manager at Belle Passi Cemetery-- an old pioneer cemetery out in the country where being assistant manager means you only have to mow lawn every other week. Young and sincere.
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N/A (Not a musical)

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EM Lewis

EM Lewis

EM Lewis is a playwright, librettist, and teacher of playwriting.  She was a finalist for the 2014 Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship, and received a 2012 Fellowship in Playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and the 2010‐2011 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.  She received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics ... view full profile

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Chris Connor 6/22/2015 7:49 PM
I did this with my high school actors and it was one of my favorite shows of all time to direct. Wonderfully dense characters and a true ensemble cast. In addition, the author is very receptive to contact and has been known to work with people putting on her shows.

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