The famous ensemble play about denizens of a rundown hotel opens April 3. Aziza most recently starred as Paula in Broadway's Women on the Verge. Her Broadway debut in Passing Strange earned her a 2008 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Her debut single "Days Are Like Dreams" is now available on iTunes. Aziza postponed her March 1 double bill with Justin Guarini at New York's Le Poisson Rouge to join the cast of The Hot L Baltimore.
The Tina Landau-directed production also features Steppenwolf ensemble members Alana Arenas, Kate Arrington, Jon Michael Hill (a Tony nominee for Superior Donuts), James Vincent Meredith, Yasen Peyankov and Molly Regan, with Sean Allan Krill, TaRon Patton, Namir Smallwood, Samuel Taylor, Allison Torem and Jacqueline Williams.
Performances continue to May 29 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.
Here's how Steppenwolf bills the play: "The Hotel Baltimore used to be the swankiest place in town — now it has a date with the wrecking ball. Eviction notices just went out to its residents, who live on the fringes of society and call the seedy hotel home. This acclaimed play from the author of Balm in Gilead is filled with everyday humanity — unexpectedly intimate and moving. Helmed by visionary director Tina Landau, The Hot L Baltimore reveals the private lives of an unconventional community about to be turned inside out."
The production team for The Hot L Baltimore includes James Schuette (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Scott Zielinski (lights) and Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (sound and original composition). Deb Styer is the stage manager, and Rose Marie Packer is the assistant stage manager.
For tickets and information, visit www.steppenwolf.org.