O’Reilly Theater

November 13 – December 14
7 p.m., 8 p.m., 2 p.m.

What would happen if Jim Morrison, Victor Hugo, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan and Gioachino Rossini checked into the same Parisian hotel?

Find out when Ed Dixon’s latest enticing comedy, L’Hotel, makes its world premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Running at the O’Reilly November 13th through December 14th, the comedy continues the company’s 40th anniversary Season of Legends.

It’s a heady clash of egos, when six of history’s greatest minds—all buried at Paris’ legendary Père Lachaise Cemetery—are reimagined on stage via Dixon’s sharp commentary. With lives that span centuries, the cultural celebs find themselves thrust together inside a surreal and wondrous hotel in Paris. As an angelic waiter caters to their every whim, their true desire to seek reincarnation is revealed.

Find out what ensues when actress Sarah Bernhardt and rock star Jim Morrison end up at the same breakfast table. Try to keep up with writers Oscar Wilde and Victor Hugo as they engage in a battle of the wits. Suspense builds as dancer Isadora Duncan and composer Gioachino Rossini consult a mysterious Ouija board. Filled with literate laughter, Dixon’s L’Hotel lambasts celebrity culture, while simultaneously examining the nature of greatness.

Directed by Ted Pappas, City Theatre’s producing artistic director, the play stars Deanne Lorette (Sarah Bernhardt), Daniel Hartley (Jim Morrison), Brent Harris (Oscar Wilde), Sam Tsoutsouvas (Victor Hugo), Kati Brazda (Isadora Duncan), Tony Triano (Gioachino Rossini ), Evan Zes (waiter) and Erika Cuenca (Catherine).

Playwright Ed Dixon, who has worked in residence throughout rehearsals, received a Drama Desk nomination for Shylock, a New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Richard Cory and Dramalogue Awards for Fanny Hill, Cather Country and Whodunit…the Musical. An American author, composer, lyricist and actor, he is currently writing Georgie: The Life and Death of George Rose.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.