In this solo show, white millennials move to New Orleans longing for a carefree place to call home. What they find is a city in crisis. Post-Katrina gentrification has ushered in expensive rent, bougie restaurants, and unregulated Airbnb—not to mention black displacement. All public schools are privatized. Income inequality continues to widen. Once the country’s largest slave market, New Orleans today is the world’s incarceration capital. In Transplant, writer-performer Dante Fuoco uses side-splitting parody and thoughtful social commentary to embody a dozen white newcomers, from the arrogant education reformer to the kombucha-loving yuppie. They struggle to confront not only white privilege, white shame, and racial injustice but a deeply uncomfortable question: How can I put down roots in a city that’s maybe better off without me?
"I love history. I mean. I studied third world cinema in Senegal for five weeks. So."
"Crawfish. Po Boy. Daiquiri. What else does my smoothie need?"
"As a teacher for one year in Detroit, and three months in New Orleans, I understand kids."
"Katrina was an opportunity, not a tragedy."
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"Shame has always been an effective tool to promote social justice."
"Kombucha reinforces white bourgeois cultural capital. I want it."
"Am I part of the problem?"
"I don't want anything for my birthday. Except...to be more woke."
"I'm birthday bitch."