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Nov. 2, 2011 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / High-res photo available upon request
Media Contact: Chelsea de Jesus, Manager and Press Contact, UNCSA Production Marketing Office
(408) 416-6555, chelsea.dejesus@gmail.com

 

UNCSA STUDENTS HONOR LANFORD WILSON'S LEGACY IN PRODUCTION OF
THE HOT L BALTIMORE

 

Nov 17-20 in Catawba Theatre

 


WINSTON-SALEM- The 1970s was a decade of both great upheaval and momentous growth for America, and it is the backdrop for  Lanford Wilson’s long running Off-Broadway play, The Hot l Baltimore, being performed Nov.17-20 at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). 

In The Hot l Baltimore, seven colorful residents of a seedy Baltimore hotel face the prospect of eviction when the building is condemned. Though none of them ended up there on purpose, they have created a home amid the rubble and, unwittingly, a family amongst one another.

The Hot l Baltimore will be directed by UNCSA School of Drama faculty member Caroline Kava and will feature members of Studio 3, the junior acting class. The production is in conjunction with Six Days in November, a celebration of arts and culture. 

Performances will be Nov. 17-19 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. in Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, located on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors/students. Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.


Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Members of The Hotel Baltimore staff (Alec Grooms and Taylor Aldrich) attempt to calm down disgruntled residents Jackie (Sydney Shepard) and Mr. Morse (Max Geiser).

The Hot l Baltimore is among the most enduring works of American playwright Lanford Wilson, who is considered a father of the Off-Off Broadway Theatre Movement.  He founded the Circle Repertory Company in 1969 with a group of peers, and premiered many of his plays at the theatre throughout the ‘70s. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folly premiered there, as did his witty and poignant drama The Hot l Baltimore, which ran for 1,100 performances before transferring to Broadway.

With the production of The Hot l Baltimore, UNCSA is proud to honor the legacy of Wilson, who died in March 2011.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will present “A Feast for the Senses,” the fourth annual Six Days in November festival, Nov. 15-20. The six-day event includes a host of arts, cultural and entertainment opportunities. For information about Six Days in November, please visit www.6DaysInNovember.com or www.IntoTheArts.org, or email 6DaysInNovember@gmail.com.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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