Welcome to the US premiere of Hotel Project at The Grand Summit Hotel, January 27 - 29 , 2012.
Hotel Project is an immersive theatrical experience performed in separate rooms of The Grand Summit Hotel and given for a single spectator at a time.
Each audience is given the opportunity to view three rooms in an evening.
Once inside, the plays begin to unfold and the spectator becomes the proverbial “fly on the wall;” an invisible witness to strange, unique and intimate stories.
Just 30 minutes by car from New York City and situated in one of the most prestigious towns in the state of New Jersey, The Grand Summit Hotel has established a reputation for charm and elegance through unique accommodations in an intimate setting. The hotel is a short walk from the vibrant Summit downtown featuring upscale restaurants, boutique shopping, and direct service to midtown Manhattan.The year was 1868, one of classic elegance, horse-drawn carriages, gas lamps, and top hats, and the early beginnings of The Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, New Jersey. The "Hill City" was the embodiment of late 1860's gentility, made famous as a gracious resort area. New Yorkers flocked to Summit for its beautiful rural charm, "pureness of atmosphere", and "salubrious climate and pure water supply."
At the heart of this idyllic setting lay The Blackburn House, an elegant country resort. In season, a picturesque parade of horses and buggies would be seen carrying hotel patrons and their servants from the nearby Lackawanna Railroad Station - the "Road of Anthracite" to The Blackburn House.
The Blackburn House offered amenities such as a bowling green, tennis courts, a casino, rambling wooden verandahs, and cuisine noted to be "the best obtainable".
Many wealthy guests so enamored with the area eventually relocated here, building mansions and giving rise to Summit's legendary high society and a reputation as the "Newport of New Jersey".
In 1929, as a result of the growing number of visits to Summit, the Summit Suburban Hotel as it was originally known was erected on the site of the original Blackburn House. Expert European craftsmen were commissioned to design the intricate exterior brickwork reminiscent of a classic Tudor mansion. The original interior lobby featuring vaulted beamed ceiling, gold-leaf detailing, chestnut woodwork, and stone fireplace have been restored and maintained throughout the years.
The new Summit Suburban Hotel was opened just months before the 1929 stock market crash, and many of the wealthy residents who lost their homes and estates now called the hotel their home moving in with their family and staff.
The Summit Suburban Hotel continued as the home of celebrated lifestyle frequented by prominent politicians and celebrities who were drawn to the park-like setting, convenient proximity to cultural and recreational attractions, charming downtown Summit, and easy access to Manhattan.
The hotel continues the storied history today, with a commitment to service excellence in an elegant setting unmatched in the area.
Written and directed by Beatriz Cabur & Doug Howe
Assistant Directed by Patricia Masera
Becca Ballenger ............Meredith
Vincent Igrisano............... Austin
Ben Broad...................... Andrew
By Peca Stefan
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Keola Simpson.............................. Tom
Francesca Mondelli............Hotel Woman
By Alfonso Carcamo
Translated by: Héctor Garza and Naomy Romo
Directed by: Ana Marginenau
Kevin Gillespie .................... Peter
Calaine Schafer................ Summit
Receptionist: Molly Gilman
Guest Service Agents: Victor Fernandez, Gabriela Aviles, Patricia Masera
Stage Manager: Samantha Davis
Assistant Stage Manager: Elizabeth Espinoza
Production intern: Billy Maldonado
Videographer / Photographer/ Documentarian: G Moncada
Publicist: Lanie Zipoy
Managing Director of The Internationalists: Cathy Bencivenga
Creative Line Producer: Amanda Feldman
Created and conceived by Ana Margineanu
Co created by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by THE INTERNATIONALISTS and NEIGHBORHOOD PRODUCTIONS