Synopsis: A comatose, mixed-race Chinese American woman, dreams. Her body has become a hotel. She must navigate each room of her body, each room of her trauma, in order to heal. Toilets are broken and overflow. Pools freeze over and it starts to snow. Penises become snakes. Sometimes, she turns into a rock star. We heal by being seen, but adding the layer of social media, how do we form authentic ties in a society that makes it difficult to connect? This is one character’s journey back to loving herself by seeking validation within.
I’m directing Rebecca Lee Lerman’s musical HER HOTEL for an amazing, technology-forward, live Zoom presentation. The WTFringe Festival is being live-streamed to Twitch through OBS and combines the elements of live performance, music video, and sound and visual fx — it’s really pushing the frontier of making socially distanced theatre. You have to see it to believe it.
Jessica Wu is a NYC-based playwright, director, songwriter, dramaturg, and occasional performer. She is the founder of Inspirate Creative Consulting and Development, dedicated to providing clients with purposeful creative coaching and open-hearted, collaborative development sessions for works in-process.