SEPTEMBER 8 – 25, 2011

THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES

By John Guare
Directed by Susan Myer Silton

Set in Sunnyside, Queens, on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York in 1965, The House of Blue Leaves centers on Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter for the movies with the help of his childhood friend, film director Billy Einhorn. Desperate for a better life with Bunny, his flamboyant neighbor, Artie must first deal with his schizophrenic wife (aptly named Bananas), his AWOL son, a trio of impulsive nuns, and a hard-of-hearing movie star, all looking to make their own dreams come true. At once dark and zany,

House is one of Guare’s most powerful works, presenting timeless, dramatic themes – the power of celebrity, the desire for fame, and the longing to escape to a better life – in a screwball comedy plot.

 

Susan Myer Silton

Director

 

Mark Hopkins

Set Designer 

 

Christina Dinkel

Costume Designer 

 

Selina G Young

Lighting Designer 

 

Jacque James

Properties Design 

 

Emerson Sanderson*

Stage Manager

 


*Member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

 

Mike
Cymanski
*


as Artie Shaughnessy

 

 

Nat
Robinson


as Ronnie Shaughnessy

 

 

Diana Torres
Koss
*


as Bunny Flingus

 

 

Julie
James
*


as Bananas Shaughnessy

 

 

Kendall
Callaghan


as Corrinna Stroller

 

 

Geraldine
Byrne


as Head Nun

 

 

Kathie
Kratochvil


as Second Nun

 

 

Roselyn
Hallett


as Little Nun

 

 

Marty Lee
Jones


as Military Policeman

 

 

Steven
Capasso


as Man in White

 

 

Erik
Gandolfi
*


as Billy Einhorn

 

 

Chad
Davies


as T.V. News Announcer

 

 

 

Frederick Tollini, S.J.


as Voice of Pope

 

 

 


*Member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Photos

Photography by Steve DiBartolomeo


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