Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire
Other Plays by Mark Sam Rosenthal
Rosenthal, Mark Sam (American playwright, screenwriter, film director, 19__-____), “Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire,”
a __-minute satirical comedy in English, set in New Orleans, U.S.A., 2008,
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Blanche DuBois (m), ageless survivor, deliberately fragile, alcoholic, codependent, sex-addicted.
"Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire imagines that Tennessee Williams's tragic heroine, Blanche DuBois, has neither aged nor left New Orleans. 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 one you've never experienced through the eyes of the desperately deliberately fragile, alcoholic, codependent, sex-addicted Blanche DuBois – America's most broken woman.
• "In a camp way, this piece is an exploration of the search for a personal place of safety in America today – physical safety, spiritual safety, sexual safety. When we live under a government that lets its weakest citizens drown and starve and then go homeless, can the fragile parts inside any of us be safe? BSKIAFTND is as political as it is politically incorrect. And it is very politically incorrect."—Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire | The Tank, http://www.thetanknyc.org/?q=content/blanche-survives-katrina-fema-trailer-named-desire, accessed January 30, 2009.
• Presented by Kind Strangers as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, August 9-23, 2008, at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, New York, New York, U.S.A., telephone 212-279-4488 or 866-468-7619 or http://www.fringenyc.org.
• "At first it seems like a silly idea for a comedy sketch. Suppose Blanche DuBois were an ageless creature and returned to the Kowalski residence in New Orleans after a brief stay in the loony bin that she was carted off to at the end of A Streetcar Named Desire. After decades of sexual tensions with her brutish brother-in-law, Stanley, and commiserating with her sister, Stella, the faded Southern belle is rendered homeless by Hurricane Katrina and must use her feminine wiles and steely spirit to overcome miles of red tape and governmental indifference. Fortunately, Mark Sam Rosenthal, who wrote this sharp solo show and plays Blanche, has given his heroine three dimensions. Though she is a derivative figure, often quoting Tennessee Williams' original dialogue, Rosenthal's Blanche has compassion, courage, and an indomitable will to survive. He performs her as a complete person, not just a drag creation. Rosenthal captures the style of his original script with delightful embellishments on contemporary events. The Superdome, where hurricane victims were housed, is described as 'a refuge of last resort.' Blanche pretentiously pronounces the federal relief agency FEMA with a French accent, because doing so makes it sound as if 'our tax dollars have never been as magically at work.' This Blanche is both a loving tribute to a dazzling character and an unforgiving political commentary. [David Sheward, August 12, 2008]"—Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire, http://www.backstage.com/bso/news_reviews/nyc/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003838030, accessed January 30, 2009.
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A Streetcar Named Desire, homage, Williams (Tennessee Lanier Williams, American playwright, born in Columbus, Mississippi, U.S.A., on March 26, 1911-died February 24, 1983February 24, 1983), safety.