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The Hot L Baltimore

Directed by Kim Rubinstein

@ Arthur Wagner Theatre

February 23 - 26

About the Play

About the Playwright

Eavesdrop on the comings and goings of an eccentric, motley group of residents on the fateful day they discover the once-elegant hotel is slated for the wrecking ball. Slices of private and public conversations reveal the fears, longings, and hilarious foibles of these lost souls as they face an uncertain future. Winner of the 1973 Obie Award for Best New Play, this ensemble comedy sings a tragic lament for the lost values of the American Dream, fracturing stability while celebrating hope and progress.


Born on April 13, 1937, in Lebanon, Missouri, Lanford Wilson began writing at the University of Chicago in 1959 after enrolling in a playwriting class. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he soon became involved with a group of theatrical artists at the Café Cino, one of many tiny coffeehouses Off-Off-Broadway that presented edgy, avant-garde works. In 1969, Wilson co-founded Circle Repertory Company with a group of friends, and the company's first major success was Wilson's Hot L Baltimore (1973). The play ran for 1,100 performances and eventually transferred to Broadway. Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Talley's Folly (1979).


About the Director

KIM RUBINSTEIN was most recently Long Wharf Theatre's Associate Artistic Director where she directed Guys and Dolls, Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries, and The Cocktail Hour. This past summer she directed Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional credits include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Portland Center Stage and San Jose Rep), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Love's Labour's Lost (Next Theatre), The Tempest (Southwest Rep), The American Plan and Eloise and Ray (Roadwoarks), Pan and Boone (Running with Scissors), Baby With The Bathwater (Roundhouse Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Beckett Shorts (Berkshire Theatre Festival, Splinter Group's Buckets O'Beckett Festival. She was Associate Director with Michael Mayer and Tour Director of the National Tour of Angels In America. Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting/directing faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, NTI at The O'Neill Center and a ongoing teaching gig with the School at Steppenwolf. Kim has been very active in the development of new plays and has directed many readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and Long Wharf.  Ms. Rubinstein is a recipient of the TCG/NEA directing fellowship and was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award, among other awards for her directing and teaching. Upcoming projects: Santaland Diaries at the Long Wharf, The American Plan at The Old Globe.


   The Cast

The Creative Team

Bill Lewis - Thomas Miller
Girl - Katharine Chin
Millie - Kristen Mowry
Mrs. Bellotti - Naomi Cohen
April Green - Claire Kaplan
Mr. Morse - Samuel Hunter
Jackie - Carissa Cash
Jamie - Marco Estrada
Mr. Katz - Michael Chen
Suzy - Brianna Hill
Suzy's John - Kevin Reyes
Paul Granger - Taylor Dean
Mrs. Oxenham - Órla Murray
Cab Driver - Sari "Seddy" Altwal
Delivery Boy - Alfonso Campos
Director - Kim Rubinstein
Asst. Directors - Larissa Lury
Samuel Hunter
Production Stage Manager - Lauren Wong
Scenic Designer - Mary Kelly
Asst. Scenic Designer - Faith Swickard
Sound Designer - Sami Nacach
Costume Designer - Sophia Daud
Asst. Costume Designe - Desiree Hatfield-Buckley
Tina Fogg
Lighting Designer - Jake Miller
Asst. Lighting Designer - Katie Chen
Asst. Stage Manager - Miranda Dainard



Tue,Feb. 22,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Wed,Feb. 23,8:00 pm OPENING
Thurs,Feb. 24,8:00 pm  
Fri,Feb, 25,8:00 pm  
Sat,Feb. 26,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Feb. 26,8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Arthur Wagner Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the Arthur Wagner Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Production Photos

Photos by Colin McGurk & Jim Carmody

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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