photo by Chana Rose Rabinovitz
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, privatized public school, bougie restaurants, and unregulated Airbnb—not to mention Black displacement, mass incarceration, and widening income inequality. In Transplant, writer-performer Dante Fuoco embodies a dozen white newcomers, each varied in wokeness. As they resist and reckon with white privilege, these transplants are left to question their new home: How can I put down roots in a city that’s maybe better off without me?
Transplant was staged in multiple iterations, from 2016-7, at The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. Emily Slazer directed. Videography by Jonathan Evans and Sam Moodey.
poster by Hannah Westerman