Immigration, courage and hope central to family play

“La Maleta (The Suitcase),” a thoughtful and uplifting tale of immigration as seen through a child’s eyes, is coming to Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. Part of the Quick Center’s Family Fun Series, the play is suitable for ages 8 to 13.

For tickets, at $15, visit quickcenter.com or  call 203-254-4010.

“La Maleta (The Suitcase)” is the story of Roca, a 10-year-old refugee who escapes her native Colombia clutching her suitcase — inside of 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 English and Spanish, 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.

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