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November 13 - December 14, 2014

 by Ed Dixon
directed by Ted Pappas

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.

RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.

This play is a recipient of an "Edgerton Foundation New American Plays" award.

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KATI BRAZDA (Isadora Duncan) is thrilled to be here! Select credits include Broadway: A Moon for the Misbegotten (Brooks Atkinson, U/S Josie). Off-Broadway: Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre, David Cromer, director), Bill W and Dr. Bob (SoHo Playhouse), Lovers (The Actors Company Theatre), Trying (Promenade Theatre). Regional: Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas (Center Stage, Rebecca Taichman, director); Our Town (Kansas City Rep and the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, David Cromer, director); The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Moon for the Misbegotten (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Our Town (George Street Playhouse); Twelfth Night (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Enemies: A Love Story (Wilma Theater); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dallas Theatre Center); Bluish (Alliance Theatre); The Story, The Death of Bessie Smith, and Finding the Sun (Goodman Theatre); The Action Against Sol Schumann and Trying (Victor Gardens Theatre); Pericles and Cymbeline (Court Theater). Kati has also worked with Steppenwolf, Next Theater, Lookingglass, About Face, and Defiant Theatre, all in Chicago.

ERIKA CUENCA (Young Woman) is happy to be a part of this exciting world premiere, here at Pittsburgh Public Theater! Most recently, she appeare in A Feminine Ending at off the WALL Theater. Other local credits include: August: Osage County, A View From the Bridge, Umbrella Man, Ah! Wilderness (Playhouse REP); Tigers Be Still, Opus (City Theatre); Closer, The Red Shoes (Quantum); Travesties, A Woman of No Importance (PICT); Lebensraum, Mazel (Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh); The Zero Hour, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Other Place, How I Learned to Drive, Agnes of God, Stop Kiss, House of Yes, Shaken and Stirred (off the WALL). Erika is a gradute of Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts. 

BRENT HARRIS (Oscar Wilde) National Tours: Scar in The Lion King, Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters. Regional: Present Laughter, The Royal Family, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost, Dr. Faustus (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Dido Queen of Carthage and Ajax (Independent Reviewers of New England nomination, American Repertory Theatre); Measure for Measure, Amadeus, Noises Off (Denver Center Theatre Company); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Heartbreak House (Actors Theatre Louisville); A Midsummer's Night's Dream (Seattle Rep); Macbeth, A Few Good Men, Dracula (Syracuse Stage); The Beard of Avon (Drammy Award, Portland Center Stage); Orson's Shadow (Barrymore Award nomination, Philadelphia Theatre Company); To Kill a Mockingbird, Timon of Athens, Henry IV, The Alchemist (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Winter's Tale, Philadelphia Story (Missouri Rep). New York: Richard III (The Pearl Theatre), Long Island Sound (The Actors Company Theatre), and Tryst (Promenade Theatre). Television: "Out of the Box" and "Guiding Light".

DANIEL HARTLEY (Jim Morrison) Television credits include: "Smash," "Law & Order: SVU," "Inside Amy Schumer," "All My Children," "Permanent Midnight," "Las Vegas," "Boston Public," "Close to Home," "Walker, Texas Ranger," recurring on the WB's "Grounded for Life," and several commercials. New York Theater: Pandora's Box (New York Musical Theatre Festival, dir. Wayne Cilento). Regional: Six Degrees of Separation, A Flea in Her Ear, After the Revolution (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Zombies Actually (New Orleans Fringe Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Telluride Shakespeare Festival), and This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan (West Coast Premiere). Daniel also writes and performs for, an Internet-based production company which produces the "Honest Trailers" series. His movie spoof United 300 won a 2007 MTV Movie Award. Daniel is an alumnus and performer at the Improv Olympic West and Upright Citzens Brigade, and The People's Improv Theater where he plays weekly on a house team. Daniel also studies with Larry Moss.

DEANNE LORETTE (Sarah Bernhardt) has performed on Broadway in La Bete with Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley, and David Hyde Pierce. Off-Broadway, she played Sheila in Keen Company's acclaimed production of Benefactors. Ms. Lorette has appeared across the country, including Cincinnati Playhouse: Pride and Prejudice, Abigail 1702 (world premiere), Witness for the Prosecution, and A Flea in Her Ear; The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: A Most Dangerous Woman (world premiere) and The Little Foxes; Goodspeed Opera: Carousel; The Fulton Theatre: Noises Off; The Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Way of the World and Edward II; Pennsylvania Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale; Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Hamlet; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Sunday in the Park with George and co-productions with Cincinnati Playhouse of A Flea in Her Ear and Witness for the Prosecution; Syracuse Stage: Betrayal and A Christmas Carol; The Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Crucible; Pioneer Theatre Company: James Joyce's The Dead and As You Like It; Playmakers Repertory Company: Uncle Vanya. Also: Utah Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare, Virginia Stage, and South Coast Repertory among others. TV: "Guiding Light." Film: The Passion.

TONY TRIANO (Gioachino Rossini) is excited to be a part of this world premiere of L'Hotel. This is Tony's first appearance at Pittsburgh Public. Nationally, he has been seen in La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof and most recently, as Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! opposite the inimitable Sally Struthers. Tony appeared Off-Broadway in a revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, as well as New York Theatre Ensemble's Twelfth Night and As You Like It. He has performed regionally in productions of Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, Moon Over Buffalo, Guys and Dolls, The Sunshine Boys, Big River, Pirates of Penzance, and many more.

SAM TSOUTSOUVAS (Victor Hugo) has appeared at Pittsburgh Public in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (directed by Ted Pappas), The Cherry Orchard, and A Number. He was Frank Lloyd Wright in City Theatre's Work Song and his work with Andrew Paul includes Rock 'n' Roll, No Man's Land, Blue/Orange and title roles in Henry IV, Part 1 and 2, and Antony and Cleopatra. Other Shakespeare roles include Hamlet, Hotspur, Coriolanus, Shylock, Brutus, Berowne, Leontes, Macbeth, Benedick, Petruchio (for Julie Taymor at Theatre for a New Audience), and Titus Andronicus (for Gale Edwards at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.). He was on Broadway in Dracula, Our Country's Good, and By Jeeves and in the first national tours of Amadeus (Salieri) and An Inspector Calls (Inspector Goole). He is a graduate of the Juilliard Drama Division (Group 1) and is a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company. He can be seen in James Gray's The Immigrant, which was released earlier this year.

EVAN ZES (The Waiter) Off-Broadway: Freedom of the City, Man and Superman, White Woman Street, Around the World in 80 Days - Irish Rep.; American Dreams - The Acting Company; Time to Burn - Manhattan Ensemble Theatre. International: Julie Taymor's The King Stag - Barbican, London; Dream Play - Moscow Art Theatre. Regional: The Goodman, The Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.), La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Rep., St. Louis Rep., Kansas City Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Westport Country Playhouse, American Repertory Theatres, Shakespeare on the Sound, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Lookingglass Theatre, Pioneer Theatre. Film: The Street, Last Night at Angelo's. TV: "All My Children." MFA from A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University. 

ED DIXON (Playwright) is the author/composer/lyricist of Shylock (The York Theatre), which garnered him his first Drama Desk nomination. He wrote Richard Cory with A.R. Gurney on a Steinberg Grant from Playwrights Horizons. It was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work and won the New York Musical Theatre Festival Award and the Audience Prize. Cloak and Dagger, his four-person musical, recently ran at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C., helmed by artistic director Eric Schaeffer. Mr. Dixon's Fanny Hill was presented by the York Theaterwher it won a Dramalogue Award, two Dean's List Awards and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. Cather Country, which opened at Playwrights Horizons, won him a Leon Rabin Award at Lyric Stage in Dallas. Mr. Dixon's comic thriller, Whodunit...The Musical, has had numerous productions all over the United States and he is the author of the highly successful book, Secrets of a Life On Stage...and Off. As an actor, Mr. Dixon has appeared in more than a dozen Broadway shows including The Iceman Cometh, The Best Man, Cyrano, Sunday in the Park With George, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Three Musketeers, and Les Miserables.

TED PAPPAS (Directorcelebrates his 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 22nd year of close association with the company as a director. He has staged more than 47 productions for The Public, including the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schiller, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Sondheim. Some highlights include Sophocles' Electra, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Kaufman & Ferber's The Royal Family, Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay, and the world premiere of Rob Zellers and Gene Collier's The Chief. His career began in New York City where he worked at Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, John Houseman's The Acting Company, New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills, and shows on and off Broadway. His regional credits are numerous and varied and include productions for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto's Royal Alexandra, and Goodspeed Musicals. He staged a hip-hop concert hosted by Harry Belafonte which galvanized the Cannes Film Festival, directed a Las Vegas extravaganza for impresario Steve Wynn, and served as choreographer for NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live." He studied Shakespeare with Samuel Schoenbaum and modern drama with Eric Bentley, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan's Hunter College. He is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union. 

JAMES NOONE (Scenic Designer) Designs for Pittsburgh Public Theater include CandidaCompany, Thurgood, 1776, Born Yesterday, Private Lives, As You Like It, Electra, Camelot, The Royal Family, Time of My Life, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Little Foxes, Harry's Friendly Service, Metamorphoses, The Lady With All the Answers, The Odd Couple, The Comedy of Errors, This Wonderful Life, and Amadeus. Mr. Noone's Broadway credits include Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, A Time to Kill, A Bronx Tale, Come Back Little Sheba, Match, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, Judgment at Nuremberg, Jekyll and Hyde (Darma Desk, American Theater Wing Design Awards), The Rainmaker, Night Must Fall (Drama Desk nomination), Getting and Spending, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, and Inherit the Wind. Off-Broadway credits include While I Yet Live, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Juno and the Paycock, Fully Committed, Full Gallop, Three Tall Women, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Boys in the Band, Cowgirls, Breaking Legs, The Green Heart (Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Second Stage). Regional credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Washington Opera, Canadian Opera, Portland Opera, Geffen Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Cleveland Play House. Tours include Jekyll and Hyde (1999), The Belle of Amherst, The Gin Game, Deathtrap, Three Tall Women, Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe, and also The History of Sex at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and Latin Soul in Atlantic city. He is the recipient of several design awards, including the Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, two Helen Hayes, and the LA Ovation. Mr. Noone heads the Scenic Design Program at Boston University.

DAVID C. WOOLARD (Costume Designer) Broadway credits: Bronx Bombers, First Date, Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, Jane Fonda's clothing for 33 Variations, Dividing the Estate, The Farnsworth Invention, Old Acquaintance, Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, The Rocky Horror Show (2001 Tony nomination), Voices in the Dark, The Who's Tommy (1993 Tony and Olivier Award nominations), Bells Are Ringing, Marlene, Wait Until Dark, Horton Foote's The Young Man From Atlanta, Damn Yankees, A Few Good Men. Recent credits include Piece of My Heart at Signature Theatre in New York and Ether Dome at Huntington Stage in Boston. Selected additional credits include The Toxic Avenger, Bare, Horton Foote's Orphans' Cycle, The Donkey Show at A.R.T., Cosi Fan Tutte and Oscar at Santa Fe Opera. Numerous regional theater credits include the Old Globe Theater, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He is also currently designing the world premiere of Cold Mountain for Santa Fe Opera.

KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Designer) Pittsburgh Public Theater: Noises Off, CandidaBorn Yesterday, As You Like It, Electra, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Goodspeed Opera House: Funny Thing...Forum. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Speaking in Tongues, God of Carnage, The Fantasticks. Off-Broadway:Closer Than Ever, Divine Sister, and The Tribute Artist (Charles Busch). Irish Rep: Bedbound, The Playboy of the Western World, The Importance of Being Ernest, Major Barbara. Drama Dept.: June Moon, Rude Entertainment. Manhattan Theatre Club: Green Heart. Broadway: The Gin Game(Julie Harris/Charles Durning), The Sunshine Boys (Tony Randall/Jack Klugman), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Other theater credits include New York Philharmonic: Company (dir. Lonny Price), San Francisco Symphony/ Michael Tilson Thomas: Thomashefsky's, A Flowering Tree (dir. Peter Sellars). Upcoming: Les Sylphides and Troy Games for Hungarian National Ballet at the Budapest Opera House.

ZACH MOORE (Sound Designerhas designed more than 70 productions here at The Public, most recently Noises Off, Candida, Company, True West, and Our Town. Past PPT designs include the world premieres of The Chief, Harry's Friendly ServiceThe Glorious OnesThe Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as 1776Around the World in 80 DaysRedElectra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night's DreamMetamorphoses, I Am My Own WifeMan of La Mancha, and Tea. Other designs include Pop! (City Theatre), Sweeney Todd and Angels in America (Pitt Rep), House and Garden (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Completely Hollywood (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), Falsettos (The Huntington), Paper Doll (Long Wharf Theatre), and Fully Committed (PPT, Dallas Theater Center, McCoy/Rigby Productions). Zach also operates a small music mastering studio, HDdB.

DON WADSWORTH (Dialect Coachhas been the dialect/voice coach for many Public Theater productions; he also serves as a voice coach for many other regional productions around the country. On Broadway he taught the Irish dialect to the full cast of the musical The Pirate Queen. He has worked on more than a dozen feature films and several TV shows. Don has the distinction of coaching six Oscar-nominated actors. In Los Angeles he helped Chris Pine on Unstoppable(now on DVD) for Twentieth Century Fox. Recent films include A New York Heart Beat and Jobs, a film about Steve Jobs with Josh Gad and Ashton Kutcher. Wadsworth is a Professor of Voice and Speech for Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting Director) Pat McCorkle, (C.S.A) Broadway: More than 50 productions including: End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men, among many others. Off-Broadway: Hit the Wall, Tribes, Falling, Our Town (Barrow Street), Toxic Avenger, Almost Maine, Freud's Last Session, Driving Miss Daisy, and more. Feature film:Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina's Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard With A Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: New George Lopez series, "St. George," "Sesame Street" (CTW), "Californication" (Emmy nomination), "Max Bickford" and "Hack" (CBS), "Strangers with Candy," "Chappelle's Show," and many more.

RUTH E. KRAMER (Production Stage Manager) returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater for her 18th season. Company, Our Town, 1776, Around the World in 80 Days, The Royal Family, Amadeus, Cabaret, The Mikado, Man of La Mancha, You Can't Take It With You, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are among her favorite, previous productions. Other credits include Off-Broadway productions of Anne of Green Gables and Tovah: Out of Her Mind, Ain't Misbehavin' and Buddy at the Riverside Theatre, several seasons at Maine State Music Theatre and Mountain Playhouse, stints at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Goodspeed-at-Chester, and the Great Lakes Theater Festival. Ms. Kramer lives in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, is an avid Geocacher, and proudly serves on the National Council of Actors' Equity Association.

CAITLIN ROPER (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working on her first production with The Public. Previous Pittsburgh credits include: Tamara, Mnemonic, and Madagascar (Quanum); Speech and Debate, Hunter Gatherers, Midnight Radio, and STRATA (Bricolage); Sherlock Holmes and Our Class (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre); Soldier's Heart and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (The REP). Other credits include: Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, Production Manager. Film: Hollidaysburg, Production Design Coordinator.


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