The Belleclaire Hotel, Alison’s home of many years – and her alter-ego – is transformed during the pandemic into a homeless shelter. A scripted fiction podcast based on real events mixed with magic realism, HOTEL LIMBO is a family story of love and looming loss, and an examination of a neighborhood in turmoil over housing the unhoused during a pandemic.
Alison lives with her family in Manhattan’s Belleclaire Hotel. The 1903 Building is a time-traveling trickster who sees everything that happens inside its walls. The pandemic shuts down the commercial hotel business, leaving 300 vacant hotel rooms and 19 long-term tenants. When the Belleclaire becomes a homeless shelter, the neighborhood erupts in NIMBY rage. Overwhelmed by her husband's cancer, the pandemic, and the fury directed at her new neighbors, Alison escapes into her love-hate relationship with the Building, and her affair with Maxim Gorky, who stayed at the hotel in 1906 and whose ghost now haunts her apartment. Alison makes dangerous mistakes, but her love for her husband and daughter and her friendship with her new neighbor, Kelvin, a Belleclaire shelter resident, bring her back to the present and the actions she needs to take.
Adapted from Cohen’s stage play.
Alice Eve Cohen is an award-winning playwright, solo theatre artist, and memoirist. Winner of the 2021 National Jewish Playwriting Contest and the 2019 Jane Chambers feminist Playwriting Award, her plays have been produced at theatres nationwide and on four continents. She has written television for Nickelodeon, CBS, and CTW, and her acclaimed memoir (Viking/Penguin) is honored with Elle’s Literary Grand Prize, Oprah magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer, and Salon’s Year’s Best Books. Recipient of fellowships and grants from NYS Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award special commendation, she is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects, Dramatists Guild, and the Orchard Project Audio Lab. Alice has a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from The New School. She teaches playwriting at The New School, where she received the 2020 University Distinguished Teaching Award. www.AliceEveCohen.com