The Refugee Hotel | 2023


The Department of Arts, Culture and Media presents its Annual Theatre and Performance Production:

The Refugee Hotel

Written by Carmen Aguirre

When you are uprooted from your home and your culture, what memories do you carry with you?
How may they help you heal and build a life in a strange land?

The Refugee Hotel is an unapologetic and moving dark comedy inspired by the playwright’s own forced migration from Chile to Canada as a child following the 1973 military/coup d’état and its brutal authoritarian regime. Set in a run-down hotel in Vancouver in the aftermath of the coup, the play dramatizes the arrival of eight dissidents and resistance fighters, their cultural shock, communal spirit, and above all, their courage to reinvent themselves in the face of personal and collective trauma.

When and where
March 16-18 & 23-25, 2023 at 8pm EST.
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough (1265 Military Trail)
(campus map - LLB)

General admission: $10
Student/senior admission: $8 or PWYC
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Directed by Professor Carla Melo
Starring students from the Theatre and Performance program
Produced by special arrangement with PLAYWRIGHTS GUILD OF CANADA.

Trigger warnings:  Please be advised that this show includes graphic description of torture practices and the effects of sexual violence, symbolic representation of torture, suicide attempts, and effects of trauma/PTSD such as recurring nightmares and mutism.