Orphans, Helen Thorsen and Sheri Brown as mail order brides, Joan Laage as conductor, and Camille Hildebrandt as news urchin. Kogut Butoh © 2013, Organization, Photo by Brian Liesse, courtesy of Kagut Butoh.
Kogut Butoh Presents Suitcases at the Issaquah Depot
Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
78 First Avenue NE Issaquah, WA 98027
Entertaining, imaginative and informative, Suitcases Project is a free, all-ages continuous event taking place at the historic Issaquah Depot. Directed by reknowned Northwest Butoh artist Joan Laage, Suitcases Project presents alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the passenger trolley that include text, movement and local references to the history of the Issaquah community. The project is a part of 4Culture’s Historic Site(s) Specific program, and was developed in collaboration with Issaquah History Museums.
Spectators will have the delightful chance to:
- Observe railroad workers and passengers circumnavigating
- the depot
- Enjoy soundscapes in the freight room
- Meet orphans just arriving from back east on the orphan train
- Buy a Suitcases Penny Rag for only 1₵ with news items, crossword puzzle & cartoon
- Have their passbook stamped
- Listen to hobos telling their tall and true tales
- Join in the Chapel Car’s congregation and hear an uplifting and lively sermon
- Watch a video inspired by the 1910 Wellington train disaster
Performers: Lela Besom, Sheri Brown, Amie Christensen,
Camille Hildebrandt, Chris Jarmick, Joan Laage, Lin Lucas, Anthony Lee Phillips, & David Thornbrugh with music by utsusemi (Dmitry Artamonov & David Noble)
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