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La Maleta (The Suitcase) is the story of Roca, a ten-year-old refugee who escapes her native Colombia clutching her suitcase – inside which she believes her grandmother is hiding.
Struggling to adapt to a new city, a new school and a new way of life, Roca befriends Paz, a boy with a secret who is being bullied by their classmates.
Opening the suitcase leads them to embark on an adventure where Roca finds the courage, hope and strength to adapt to her new home.
Incorporating both Spanish and English, this production will engage students’ imaginations and provide insight into what a new student who doesn’t speak their language might be feeling and thinking.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Drama
Themes: Empathy, Respect, Integrity, Immigration, Imagination, Bullying, English Language Learner
La Maleta (The Suitcase) premiered as part of Roseneath’s 2013-2014 season, and received 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance Ensemble and Outstanding New Play.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
This kind of emotionally difficult storyline isn’t usual in theatre for young audiences… it touches on serious material with a lightness grounded in the power of the imagination.
STUDENT FROM BANGLADESH
That was MY story!
I loved this play and felt that it fit into the environment of social justice, inclusivity and character education that I am trying to create in my class.