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C of I theatre department presents 'The Hot L Baltimore'

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre and Speech Arts is proud to present its fall theatre production The Hot L Baltimore, a dramatic comedy by the late American playwright Lanford Wilson. The play will show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 9-12 inside the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There is a 2 p.m. matinee show on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call the C of I box office at (208) 459-5426.

The Hot L Baltimore takes place in 1973, set in the once-stately Hotel Baltimore, which now is missing the “e” on its neon sign. This sad, yet often funny play tells the story of the lonely, destitute characters who call the hotel home and their fellow tenants family. When the news hits that the hotel will be torn down in 30 days, desperation inside the lobby escalates to a breaking point. This portrait of the end of the Vietnam War paints a picture in which America’s values are crumbling along with its cities, and where survival at any cost is the name of the game.

“It’s a wonderful, deep, sad, funny play,” said guest director Hollis Welsh, co-founder of the Empty Boat Theatre Company in Boise. “The audience meets these characters they wouldn’t normally like or relate with, but as you get to know them, they really get under your skin. It’s a really fun play to direct, and I’m very excited about it.”

The College of Idaho theatre program was ranked No. 20 in the nation this year by the Princeton Review. The fall production features an ensemble cast of C of I students, including lead actors Freddie Loucks, Edie Dull, Jordan Bowman, Chelsea Stagg, Courtney Goldy and Shanee Knerr. The scene design is done by C of I theatre professor  Mike Hartwell, with costume design by Megan Richardson, lighting by Deborah Penrod, sound by Alan Price and stage management by Shealene Zitney, Shalena Putnam and Kathy Medina.

“We have a lot of new, young faces in the show, but I’ve been very impressed with everyone,” said Loucks, a senior who plays hotel night desk manager Bill Lewis. “This play is funny, tragic, inspiring – there are so many nuances and such real characters, it’s really an amazing body of work by the playwright. As actors, we are hoping to make this show our best work.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.