By Ed Dixon
Directed by Ted Pappas
Originally produced at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA.
November 13, 2014 through December 14, 2014
About the Premiere Production
Six great stars from hundreds of years apart find themselves together in a strange and wondrous hotel. How do Sarah Bernhardt and Jim Morrison end up at the same breakfast table? In a battle of wits, will Oscar Wilde or Victor Hugo triumph? Does the Ouija board favor Isadora Duncan or Gioachino Rossini? Find these and more enticing answers in the world premiere of Ed Dixon’s comedy L’Hotel, a play that will make celebrity-watchers think they’ve died and gone to heaven.
In order to properly celebrate our company's 40th birthday we considered it imperative to produce a world premiere in this season. I selected Ed Dixon's L'Hotel because of the exuberance of his language, the charismatic quality of the characters, and the relevant themes of celebrity obsession and the burdens of fame. We knew that it would appeal to both veteran theater-goers and the more casual attendees.
--Ted Pappas,Producing Artistic Director
The generous Edgerton New Play Award grant provided the company with three extraordinarily valuable extra days of rehearsal for the director, the entire cast of eight actors, the playwright, and two stage managers. The changes and improvements which we made to the play during those three initial days had a direct impact on the success we experienced on opening night of the production. We are forever grateful for this support.
Director: Ted Pappas
Set Design: James Noone
Lighting Design: Kirk Bookman
Sound Design: Zach Moore
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Cast: Katie Brazda, Erika Cuenca, Brent Harris, Daniel Hartley, Deanne Lorette, Tony Triano, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Evan Zes
Additional Funders: DoubleTree Hotel, The Fine Foundation, and several individual sponsors