Solo Show Blanche Survives Katrina to Arrive Off-Broadway in 2009

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Mark Sam Rosenthal's Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire will play a limited Off-Broadway engagement at the SoHo Playhouse beginning January 15, 2009.

Rosenthal penned and stars in the 70-minute solo work that premiered as part of the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. The play places the Tennessee Williams tragic heroine in modern-day New Orleans. Todd Parmley directs.

With an official opening Jan. 25, 2009, the production will continue through March 15, 2009.

"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 performed sold-out New York engagements of his solo show Love Mercy, 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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