The Off-Off-Broadway troupe, Expanded Arts, will present a stage version of Dorothy Parker's short story, "Big Blonde." The show, which began previews Sept. 16, opens Sept. 23 for a run through Oct. 10.
Though best known for her poetry and Algonquin Round Table wit, Parker produced dozens of short stories during her lifetime and considered them her most important works. Of these, "Big Blonde" is the best known, having won the O. Henry Prize in 1929. The story is typical Parker: a pitiless chronicle of the downward descent of a feckless party girl, from unhappy marriage to excessive drinking to adultery and deep depression.
Peter Mattaliano has done the adaptation, and will direct. Jennifer Spahr will also play the title role. Other cast members include Paul Amodeo, Joan Cargill, Anthony Ejarque, Lou George, Lenny McKenzie, Amanda Serkasevich, John Shortall and Karen Vasper.
Big Blonde will not be performed at Expanded Arts usual space, but at 113 Gallery, a space at 113 Ludlow Street.
For information, call (212) 253-1813. -- By Robert Simonson