The Off-Off-Broadway troupe Expanded Arts will present a stage version of Dorothy Parker's short story, "Big Blonde," this fall, beginning previews Sept. 16 for a Sept. 23 opening. The play will 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, which will be directed by Jennifer Spahr. 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.
For information, call (212) 253-1813.
-- By Robert Simonson