Hana's Suitcase

January 24, 2017
February 12, 2017
What legacies can we create to build peace?

A National Endowment for the Arts award winning play
A co-production with UMKC Theatre

In partnership with Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and Tradewind Arts

Directed by Walter Coppage

Past and present mysteries come together in this captivating true story spanning 70 years and crisscrossing three continents.  Fumiko Ishioka, a Japanese Holocaust educator, and her students set out to track down information about a suitcase from Auschwitz.  It is a worldwide search for information about its owner, Hana Brady, whose fate is pieced together from her suitcase and artifacts.  Hana’s story reaches through time into the lives of the young Japanese students in a Holocaust story like no other - providing a contemporary global perspective and a fascinating history of love and tragedy from Hana’s courageous life story. A National Endowment for the Arts winning project from The Coterie.

Featuring Andi Meyer, Eric Palmquist, Un Joo Christopher, Josephine Pellow, Zach Faust, Andy Garrison, Leah Swank-Miller & Michael Shawn Wilson


Length: 70 minutes



Watch the video below for an overview of Hana's Suitcase, or view at coterie.edublogs.org, which also includes educator resources and curriculum extensions.

Visit the award-winning website, Inside Hana's Suitcase, for an interactive online experience to learn about Rhombus Media's film, "Inside Hana's Suitcase," and Karen Levine's book that inspired the film and play.

A Video Sneak Peek