Hot L


Modified image. Original photo by S. Jones, creative commons. 



March 14–23, 2024
By Lanford Wilson
Director Peter McGuire

Winner of multiple awards—including the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play—this classic comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson is set in the lobby of the formerly grand Hotel Baltimore, where a community of outcasts make the now-rundown hotel their home . . . despite a looming eviction crisis and threatened demolition. 

During a single day in 1972, we meet an eccentric group of residents, waitresses, students, prostitutes, hotel clerks and cab drivers who create a rich mosaic of human experiences. Humour and compassion highlight Wilson’s celebration of resilience, stifled dreams, past glories and the sheer stubbornness to carry on.

Run time is approximately 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission.

Lanford Wilson

Lanford Wilson (1937–2011) was one of the most distinguished American playwrights of the late 20th century. His work was instrumental in drawing attention to Off-Off-Broadway, where his early works were staged, but he was among the first playwrights whose work ascended to Off-Broadway and Broadway stages. His plays vividly captured American life and are regularly performed in regional theatres across the United States. Wilson, the author of over 20 plays and several opera libretti, created (as one reviewer described) “portraits of losers on the margins of life,” offering true-to-life characters in realistic and relatable experiences with authentic, gritty and often overlapping dialogue.

Born in Missouri in 1937, Wilson was educated across the US, from Missouri to San Diego, and Chicago, before moving to New York City in 1962. In 1969, he co-founded the Circle Repertory Company, where he continued to present his work until it closed in 1996. The Hot l Baltimore, produced in 1973, was one of Circle Repertory’s first big successes, transferring shortly afterwards to a larger Off-Broadway theatre and then running for 1166 performances until 1976. The play received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and multiple Off-Broadway Obie Awards.  

Among his works is a series of plays about the effects of the Vietnam War on a Missouri family, The 5th of July, Talley’s Folly (winner of a 1980 Pulitzer Prize), A Tale Told, and Talley and Son. Later notable plays include Burn This (1987) — which was recently revived on Broadway in 2019 with Adam Driver and Kerri Russell — Angels Fall (1983) and Redwood Curtain (1993).

Wilson was nominated for three Tony Awards and won a Drama Desk Award and five Obie Awards. In 2004, he was given the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist and, in the same year, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010 he was lauded by the Off-Off-Broadway community with the Artistic Achievement Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, “in recognition of his brave and unique works that helped establish the Off-Off-Broadway community and propel the independent theatre voice as an important contributor to the American stage.”

In an interview, Wilson once commented: “I want people to see — and to read — my plays and to say: ‘This is what it was like living in that place at that time. People haven’t changed a damn bit. We can recognize everyone.’”

Peter McGuire

Photo by Kate Loomer. 

Beginning at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse, Peter has enjoyed a 40-year career in professional theatre, including stage management, production management, talent management, administration, producing and directing.

He has worked at several major regional theatres, including long-term residencies at the National Arts Centre, the Charlottetown Festival and the Stratford Festival. He has toured regionally, nationally and internationally and worked for the Maybox Group of theatres in London’s West End and as the Associate Conservatory Director at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Peter teaches acting, directing, production and management and theatre survey courses for students from across the campus. He is the recipient of two Tyrone Guthrie awards. As a director for the Department of Theatre: PicnicWild Honey and Crimes of the Heart and The Children’s Hour.  Peter holds a Masters degree in directing from the University of Victoria.



Show Dates

Calendar of performances for the show Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson.


In-Person Performances

Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 8 pm
Saturday matinees at 2 pm


Single Tickets for this show are available on March 4, 2024

Charge by phone: 250-721-8000
or in person at the Phoenix Box Office
Open Monday to Friday 12–3 pm and
 on performance days:
Monday to Friday 5–8:30 pm
Saturday 12–6 pm (matinee)
Saturday 12–8:30 pm (evening)

Friday & Saturday Evenings
All Seats $32

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday Matinees
All Seats $28

Cheap Tuesdays
All Seats $17

Student Rush Tickets
30 minutes before every show: $18

UVic Alumni
Saturday Matinees: $25
(with UVic Alumni ONECard)

Performed in the Chief Dan George Theatre


Director Peter McGuire

Associate Director Bill Allen

Costume Designer Emily Schuler

Set Designer Wylie Moorman

Lighting Designer Carson Loughridge

Sound Designer Jack Storwick

Stage Manager Connor Gleeson


Bill Lewis Bill Allen

Girl Sam Frew

Millie Helga Woolsey

Mrs. Bellotti Ava Harvey

April Green Sophie Taylor

Mr. Morse Aiden Finn

Jackie Annalyn Kind

Jamie Austin Bryce-McLeod

Mr. Katz Kieran Nowazek

Suzy Julia Patterson

Suzy’s John Justin Quattrocchi

Paul Granger III Carter Lapham

Mrs. Oxenham Siobhan Davies

Cab Driver Arlo Egan

Delivery Guy Scott McCollom


Preshow Lecture: Friday, March 15 at 7 pm

Professor Carmen Alatorre with Costume Designer Emily Schuler. The lecture is on the design process and the designer and supervisor relationship.

Lectures are free and everyone is welcome, no matter which performance you have tickets for. The lectures are also recorded and audio files are posted here when they are available.

Listen to the preshow lecture for The Hot L Baltimore


Suitable for ages 16+.
Coarse language, sexual references (mentions of sexual assault), themes of violence, prostitution, substance and alcohol abuse, coarse language, and loud noises.

Photography by Dean Kalyan