Wracked with tuberculosis and completely disenfranchised from her old life of passionate activism, Dinah Reisberg resides in the limbo of the Mount Sinai Sanatorium north of Montreal. Lost in this land of shadows, stripped of everything that once defined her, Dinah is caught in a love triangle between fellow inmate Jonah, romantic hero and soldier-poet, seductive harbinger of Death, and David, Dinah’s beau from the city, pragmatic delegate of Life, Orpheus to Dinah’s Eurydice. Jonah’s alluring romanticization of death will lead Dinah down a dark path. A contemporary Gothic drama that confronts the myths and limits of medical authority and power, the White Hotel investigates the precipice between love and lust, life and death.
Dinah, socialist, early 20s
David, a refugee from the war, aspiring and hardworking engineer, late 20s
Jonah, Byronesque soldier-poet, early 30s
Hanna, Dinah’s younger sister, early 20s
Sima, Dinah and Hanna’s mother, late 40s
The play can be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet.
The White Hotel was developed with the support of the Kone Foundation, through a fellowship at the Saari Residence, Finland. It was selected for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2023 International Craft Bites online reading series.
The Nurse is onstage; the voice of control can be embodied onstage or be a voice offstage or pre-recorded
A death scene is graphically described and may be performed onstage.