1. This film follows the interwoven exploits of 5 everyday escape artists through a variety of themes, genres, and challenges. We recommend viewing it in full screen. To return to your own world, all you need do is press escape.

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    THE ESCAPE KEY

    1.) Good luck escaping your emotions.

    2.) Imagine yourself inside a box of your limited circumstances. Examine the walls around you. What exactly confines you? Brick? Barbed wire? Steel? What tools would you need to break out of the box? A sledgehammer? A blow-torch? Gather the necessary tools, and when you deem it appropriate, break out of your box.

    3.) Happiness will shatter your indolence.

    4.) The sunlight represents adolescent insecurity.

    5.) Vanity sends
    Endless demands
    To make amends
    With held up hands

    6.) An unexpected encounter will fundamentally alter your life.

    7.) The moonlight represents adolescent insecurity.

    8. Make a list of three things you need to do tomorrow. Then make a list of three things you need to do 33 years from tomorrow. Then make a list of three things to do if you lived in space. Or on Easter Island 1,000 years ago. Or were a Mongol warlord serving Genghis Khan. Or your favorite historical figure. Determine which list is the best list. Do that tomorrow.

    9. Mythology is the bedrock of truth.

    10. A woman sits in a chair. A newspaper falls onto her lap. She picks it up, glances at the headline, and tosses it aside. Another newspaper falls onto her lap. She glances at the headline and tosses it aside. Two newspapers fall on her lap. She tosses them aside. Three newspapers, two magazines, and a novel fall on her lap. She tosses them aside. Fourteen newspapers, eight magazines, three novels, an iPhone, a dictionary, a Bible, and dozens of brochures fall on her lap. She tries to toss them aside. Before she can, every page ever printed on planet earth falls on her lap. We can no longer see her.

    11. Memory is an exercise in fiction. Both require revision.

    12. Seasicks.

    13. Everyday is a battering ram. Our hero’s battering ram looks like a clock.

    14. After a sexual harassment suit against one of her professors was dismissed in court, Sally didn’t have it in her to complete undergrad. However, some companies only hire the higher-educated while the others don’t trust anyone who waxes of intelligence. After three years unemployed, getting cut off by her parents, two months probation for selling narcotics, deciding she loved to nanny except for hating the kids, detesting the objectification of waitresses, and not particularly trusting the offers of more than a few would-be pimps, Sally bought a knife. If you were in Sally’s shoes, what would you have done differently?

    15. A woman stands at a magazine rack debating between Time and Life magazine. She takes Time from the rack, looks at it, thinks about it, puts it back, and purchases Life instead.

    16. Dr. F.B. Lusk, professor of taxonomy and mineral research at the School of Nurse Anesthesia in Evanston, formerly spent seven months undercover with the Sinaloa Cartel in Culiacán during a brief stint at the CIA. He received the thirteen tattoo on his left wrist at some point in Mexico, but speculation abounds as to what precisely this number signifies. Some say it’s the number of men he killed in Culiacán while others say it’s the number of lives he saved. Dr. Lusk himself offers no insight into the manner and routinely shows the door to patients he finds overly inquisitive.

    17. Never assume your fate’s foretold
    Even when in the end we still get old.
    Night is just night because there’s day,
    And like it or not, it won’t go away.

    18. Precision and conclusion are mortal enemies.

    19. I read minds once before I stopped. I mainly stopped because everyone was thinking so many negative thoughts. Like, about 95% of the thoughts I read were negative. People don’t like thinking positively is what I found out, but if you think about it, they have no real reason to think so negatively in the first place. I mean none of them really have the frustrations of a mind-reader who’s stuck listening to everyone complain about their job in his head every single day. Something like that gives a person real, legitimate reasons to be thinking up negative thoughts. I’d know.

    Written, Directed, & Edited by Frederick Ford Beckley
    Escape Key by Sam Hicks
    Created by The Island Theatre Company

    The Escape Key Copyright © 2012 The Island Theatre Company. All Rights Reserved.
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  2. The Island Theatre Company's video piece, inspired by a song created by Bluespots Productions, inspired by a photograph taken by The Island Theatre Company.

    The Chicago/Augsburg Intl. Art Exchange was a 90-minute art party in which two Groups (in Chicago and Augsburg, respectively) simultaneously created different art pieces to share with one another immediately, via a live internet connection. In the absence of a common language, the two groups involved were able to explore collaboration and creation across borders.

    This exchange was the third piece in The Archipelago Project, The Island's 2012 Community Outreach effort. The event took place at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL on April 21, 2012.

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  3. Bluespots Productions' video piece, inspired by a song created by The Island Theatre Company, inspired by a photograph taken by Bluespots Productions.

    The Chicago/Augsburg Intl. Art Exchange was a 90-minute art party in which two Groups (in Chicago and Augsburg, respectively) simultaneously created different art pieces to share with one another immediately, via a live internet connection. In the absence of a common language, the two groups involved were able to explore collaboration and creation across borders.

    This exchange was the third piece in The Archipelago Project, The Island's 2012 Community Outreach effort. The event took place at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL on April 21, 2012.

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