Steppenwolf Theatre Presents
The Hot L Baltimore
By Lanford Wilson
Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau
Featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Kate Arrington,
with de’Adre Aziza, Jeremy Glickstein, Sean Allan Krill, TaRon Patton,
Namir Smallwood, Samuel Taylor, Allison Torem and Jacqueline Williams
March 24 - May 29, 2011
CHICAGO (February 28, 2011) – Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2010-2011 season with The Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau. The production features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Kate Arrington, Jon Michael Hill, James Vincent Meredith, Yasen Peyankov and Molly Regan with de’Adre Aziza, Jeremy Glickstein, Sean Allan Krill, TaRon Patton, Namir Smallwood, Samuel Taylor, Allison Torem and Jacqueline Williams. The Hot L Baltimore plays March 24 – May 29, 2011 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The press performances are Saturday, April 2 at 3 pm and Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm.
The Hotel Baltimore used to be the swankiest place in town—now it has a date with the wrecking ball. Eviction notices just went out to its residents, who live on the fringes of society and call the seedy hotel home. This acclaimed play from the author of Balm in Gilead is filled with everyday humanity—unexpectedly intimate and moving. Helmed by visionary director Tina Landau, The Hot L Baltimore reveals the private lives of an unconventional community about to be turned inside out.
Steppenwolf’s defining 1980 production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead later transferred Off-Broadway. Other plays by the Pulitzer Prize winner seen at Steppenwolf include The Fifth of July, Home Free, his translation of Three Sisters (1985) and Burn This. Tina Landau’s Steppenwolf directing credits include The Brother/Sister Plays, Superior Donuts by ensemble member Tracy Letts (also on Broadway), The Tempest, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cherry Orchard, The Time of Your Life, The Berlin Circle and her own play, Space.
Steppenwolf’s 2010-2011 season explores the theme of public/private self—five stories that examine how the public and private aspects of our lives unfold in an increasingly complex world.
The production team for The Hot L Baltimore includes: James Schuette (scenic design), Ana Kuzmanic (costume design), Scott Zielinski (lighting design) and Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (sound design) and Mike Tutaj (video designer). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Deb Styer (stage manager) and Rose Marie Packer assistant stage manager)
Title: The Hot L Baltimore
Playwright: Lanford Wilson
Director: Ensemble member Tina Landau
Featuring: Ensemble members Alana Arenas (Jackie), Kate Arrington (Suzy), Jon Michael Hill (Bill Lewis), James Vincent Meredith (Mr. Katz), Yasen Peyankov (Mr. Morse) and Molly Regan (Millie) with de’Adre Aziza (April), Jeremy Glickstein (John/Taxi Driver/Delivery Boy), Sean Allan Krill (The Man), TaRon Patton (Mrs. Oxenham), Namir Smallwood (Jamie), Samuel Taylor (Paul Granger III), Allison Torem (The Girl) and Jacqueline Williams (Mrs. Bellotti).
Location: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.
Dates: Previews: March 24 – April 2, 2011
Press performances: Saturday, April 2 at 3 pm and Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm
Opening: Sunday, April 3 at 6 pm
Regular Run: April 5– May 29, 2011
Curtain Times: Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 pm
(Sunday evening performances through May 8 only)
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 pm
Wednesday matinees on May 11, 18 & 25 at 2 pm
Note: There is no 7:30 pm performance on Tuesday, March 29; there is no 3 pm performance on Sunday, April 3; the evening performance on Sunday April 3 begins at 6 pm; there is no 3 pm or 7:30 pm performance on Saturday, May 7.
Ticket prices: Previews: $20-$50
Regular Run: $20-$73
20 for $20: Twenty $20 tickets are available at Audience Services beginning at 11 am on the day of each performance (1 pm for Sunday performances).
Rush Tickets: Half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student Discounts: $15 student tickets are available online using promo code: “HOTL15” (Limit 2 tickets. Must present a valid student ID for each ticket). For additional student discounts, visit www.steppenwolf.org/students.
Audience Services: 1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650
Online ticketing available at www.steppenwolf.org.
Sign language-interpreted performance: Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 pm
Audio described performance: Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
Audio described performance with touch tour: Sunday, May 29: 1:30 pm touch tour/3 pm curtain
Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm in the Balcony Lobby.
Join us for hilarious, true stories, inspired by The Hot L Baltimore from 2nd Story storytellers with DJ White Russian, delicious wine, food and a ticket to the performance. Tickets cost $55 and are available by contacting Audience Services at (312) 335-1650 (use code 7452).
Free post-show discussions, sponsored by AT&T, are offered after every performance.
Corporate support for The Hot L Baltimore is provided by Allstate Insurance Company, American Express and PEAK6 Investments.
Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available for every performance.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director) is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theatres, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces – including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theatre for young adults. Steppenwolf’s productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. For additional information, visit www.steppenwolf.org, www.facebook.com/SteppenwolfTheatre and www.twitter.com/SteppenwolfThtr.