FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2011CONTACT: Desiree Burch firstname.lastname@example.org
terraNOVA Collective & Desiree Burch present
Tar BabyAs part of the
8th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival
9th Space @ Performance Space 122
[5/21 @9pm, 5/22 @4pm, 5/24 @9pm, 5/26 @7pm, 5/28 @2pm] PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
It took over 200 years to build America. It will take Desiree Burch under two hours to dismantle it. In Tar Baby, the alt-comedy diva explores the commodification of race and identity in America, poetically moving between enjoying its thrills and comforts and feeling sick when the ride is over. Written with storyteller and playwright Daniel Ajl Kitrosser, Tar Baby is the collapsible space-and-time-machine ride at an Americana funpark, featuring: The glories of Manifest Destiny! The 8-bit Majesty of the Oregon Trail! The sideshow hilarity of Blaxploitation! The Haunted House of Christianity! Good and Bad Hair-raising Tales! The rollercoaster of White Liberal Guilt! The Hall of Not Black Presidents! Sheet forts! Night terrors! Childhood games! Punch and Pie!
Desiree Burch (Performer/Writer) has performed original works at Joe’s Pub, PS 122, Ars Nova, 59E59, Dixon Place, Galapagos Art Space, Yale University, and at Fringe Festivals in NY, New Orleans, Hollywood, and Edinburgh, in addition to her work with the NY Innovative Theater Award-winning New York Neo-Futurists. She has enlightened and elated audiences at Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, Highlights (UK), on VH1, MTV, NBC, Comedy Central and the stage of Saturday Night Live. Her work has been called “hilarious” (NY Daily News), “vibrant” (Gothamist) and “surprisingly meaty” (Off-Off Online) and “pretty damn funny and pretty damn good” (Yale Herald). She is one of Huffington Post‘s “53 Favorite Female Comedians”, and New York Magazine‘s “Ten New Comedians that Funny People Find Funny”.
Dan Kitrosser (Co-Writer) is a writer, performer and storyteller. His plays have been performed at P.S. 122, The Ohio Theatre, Bleecker Street Theatre, and Urban Stages, with work developed at Primary Stages, The Lark Play Development Center and Rabbit Hole Ensemble, and grants awarded by Brooklyn Arts Council in 2010 and 2011. He is the resident storyteller at Central and Bryant Park, the Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Bestival and the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre 4the People. He will pursue his MFA in Playwriting at The New School in the fall.
Isaac Byrne (Director) has directed the NY Innovative Theater Award-winning To Nineveh, Green, Something True, I Used To Write On Walls, Diane and The Jessica, and the staged reading of Miss Lily Gets Boned (The LARK)—all by Bekah Brunstetter. Other directorial work includes Fresh Kills (59E59), The New Normal and the cowboy is dying (Coyote Rep), True West (Curious Frog Company) and Desiree Burch’s 52 Man Pickup. He is the former Artistic Director of Working Man’s Clothes, the current Artistic Director of Theatre 4the People and a teacher at New York Film Academy.
Tar Baby will run May 21 (9pm), 22 (4pm), 24 (9pm), 26 (7pm) and 28 (2pm) as part of the 8th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival at 9th Space @ Performance Space 122 (150 1st Ave at 9th Street). Tickets may be purchased online at 9th Space.