Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

The Girl

The Girl, a call girl who resides at the hotel. Blonde, youthful, and attractive despite her professional and other past experiences, she has traveled through all fifty states and is particularly attached to railroads, whose demise she laments greatly. She is extremely talkative and curious, making everybody’s business her affair. Energetic and positive, she believes in conviction. She announces that she will not vacate the hotel even though it is scheduled for demolition.

Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis, the night clerk at the hotel. He is thirty years old and handsome in an ordinary way. Outwardly friendly but quiet, he has a rather clumsy manner with people. He has strong feelings for the Girl that he is unable to communicate. Although he is present through much of the play, his role in the action is minimal.


Millie, a retired waitress. She is an elegant sixty-year-old who maintains a sense of dignity and refinement. Quiet and gentle, she is detached from the present world and seems to experience a rather odd spirituality, believing in ghosts and clinging to her memories of a more satisfactory world.

April Green

April Green, a prostitute. No longer young but still attractive in a fleshy way, April views much of life with raucous good humor. She is aggressive, strong, and frequently vulgar. Much of the overt comedy in the play is found in her caustic and witty comments on the situations and characters around her. At the end of the play, it is April who coaxes Jamie to dance with her and gives some sense that things will continue to...

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The Hot l Baltimore Bibliography

(Great Characters in Literature)

Sources for Further Study

Barnett, Gene A. Lanford Wilson. Boston: Twayne, 1987.

Busby, Mark. Lanford Wilson. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1987.

Dasgupta, Gautam. “Lanford Wilson.” In American Playwrights: A Critical Survey, edited by Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1981.

Dean, Anne. Discovery and Invention: The Urban Plays of Lanford Wilson. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1995.

DiGaetani, John. “Lanford Wilson.” In A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Jacobi, Marten J. “The Comic Vision of Lanford Wilson.” Studies in the Literary Imagination, Fall, 1988, 119-134.

Sainer, Arthur. “Lanford Wilson.” In Contemporary Dramatists, edited by D. L. Kirkpatrick. 4th ed. Chicago: St. James, 1988.

Savran, David. “Lanford Wilson.” In In Their Own Words: Contemporary American Playwrights. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1988.