Written & Performed by Desiree Burch
Co-Written by Daniel Ajl Kitrosser
Directed by Isaac Byrne
It took over 200 years to build America, but it takes Desiree Burch under two hours to dismantle it. Tar Baby is a retelling of America’s infamous black & white love affair, from shotgun wedding to “post-racial” open relationship. In Tar Baby, which is currently running Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre until January 19, Desiree speaks to a growing majority of minority experiences in America with an insight that ranges from funny to dark and satiric to sincere, with a self-aware, socially conscious comedic sense reminiscent of Richard Pryor and Louis C.K. Games, amusements, audience participation, and cultural atrocities meet in this interactive carnival of Race & Capitalism—where no one’s a winner, but everyone’s still playing!
Desiree Burch (Performer/Writer) has performed five original solo performances at venues like PS 122, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, 59E59, Galapagos Art Space and at Fringe Festivals in NY, London, New Orleans, Hollywood, and Edinburgh. Her comedy has been seen on VH1, MTV, NBC, Comedy Central, and Channel 4. Critics call her “a force of nature” (Scotsman) onstage, “hilarious” (NY Daily News), “vibrant” (Gothamist) and “surprisingly meaty” (Off-Off Online). She is a member of the Drama Desk-nominated, NY Innovative Theater Award-winning ensemble, The New York Neo-Futurists and a graduate of Yale University.
Dan Kitrosser (Co-Writer/Editor) 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 an MFA Playwright at The New School in New York City.
Isaac Byrne (Director) has directed the NY Innovative Theater Award-winning To Nineveh, Green, Something True, and I Used To Write On Walls (all by Bekah Brunstetter), 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 the GLAAD-Award winning company Working Man’s Clothes, and the current Artistic Director of Theatre 4the People.
January 5th – 19th, 2013
Thursdays – Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Sundays – Tuesdays @ 7:30pm
103 East 15th Street
(east of Union Square)