Tar Baby at the New Orleans Fringe Nov 15 – 18!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  CONTACT: Desiree Burch

October 31, 2012                                                                                                   [email protected] [email protected][email protected]                                   

Desiree Burch presents

Tar Baby

Part of the

New Orleans Fringe

November 15-18 at the Backyard Ballroom

3519 St. Claude (between Gallier & Congress Streets)

[11/15 @9pm, 11/16 @9pm, 11/17 @7pm, 11/18 @5pm]

It took over 200 years to build America, but it will take comedian Desiree Burch under two hours to dismantle it. One of Huffington Post’s “Favorite Female Comedians” and NY Magazine’s “Comedians Funny People Find Funny,” Desiree presents her newest solo show, Tar Baby, November 15-18 in the 2012 New Orleans Fringe Festival. 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 heads Off-Broadway this January, Desiree speaks to a growing majority of minority experiences in America with an insight that ranges from funny to dark and satiric to sincere, and a self-aware, socially conscious comedic sense reminiscent of Richard Pryor and Louis C.K.  Games, amusements and cultural atrocities meet in this one-woman 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.


Tar Baby will run 11/15 at 9pm, 11/16 at 9pm, 11/17 at 7pm, 11/18 at 5pm as part of the 5th Annual New Orleans Fringe Festival at Backyard Ballroom (3519 St. Claude Ave). The New Orleans Fringe Festival, Nov. 14-18, 2012 will be a five-day mind-blowing spectacle of theater of all types from New Orleans and all over the country performing at venues throughout the city, primary in the Marigny and Bywater. Tickets to Tar Baby are $10 (or $8 with $3 Fringe button) available at the door or  www.nofringe.org. For more Fringe info, please visit www.nofringe.org