Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire Opens Off-Broadway Jan. 25

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Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire, Mark Sam Rosenthal's irreverent Tennessee Williams-inspired work, officially opens Off-Broadway Jan. 25.
Mark Sam Rosenthal as Blanche DuBois
Mark Sam Rosenthal as Blanche DuBois

Todd Parmley directs writer Rosenthal in the 70-minute solo that originated as part of the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. Blanche began performances Jan. 15 and will run through March 15 at the Soho Playhouse. "Blanche DuBois has neither aged nor left New Orleans," according to press notes. "She was there when Katrina hit; she was sent to the Superdome; she was evacuated to Shreveport and entangled in the heartless bureaucracy of FEMA. She gets involved with drugs, is adopted by an Arizona megachurch, and is 'job-placed' at a Popeye's cash register – having for good reason been permanently barred from teaching young schoolboys. Hers is a refugee story whose politics and pathos you have read but never experienced through the eyes of the desperately deliberately fragile, alcoholic, codependent, sex-addicted Blanche DuBois – America's most broken woman."

A veteran of New York's UprightCitizens Brigade, Rosenthal has also performed his solo show Love Mercy in New York and has appeared at Joe's Pub. He is currently a writer for Comedy Central.

Tickets, priced $30, are available by phoning (212) 691-1555 or by visiting SoHoPlayhouse.

The SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street in Manhattan.

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