Theatre Production: The House of the Blue Leaves

WHERE: Rosemary Heyl Theatre, Antonian Hall

WHEN: March 21, 22, 23 and March 28, 29, 30
Tickets are $15, $12 for Seniors and Students


Carlow University Theatre will present John Guare's dark comedy The House of Blue Leaves  on March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30.  All performances are at 8 p.m. in Carlow's Rosemary Heyl Theatre, located on the ground floor of Antonian Hall.


The House of Blue Leaves  is set in New York in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visits the city.  Struggling songwriter Artie Shaughnessy works as a zookeeper while hoping one day to make it big in Hollywood with his songs.  In the meantime, he has to deal with his somewhat unhinged wife, Bananas, who is ticketed for an asylum (hence the play's title), and his girlfriend, Bunny Flingus, who wants to have the Pope bless Artie's songs.  Surprise visits by three lost nuns (hoping to view the Pope), Artie's AWOL GI son, Ronnie (hoping to blow up the Pope), and a deaf movie star add to the confusion.


The House of Blue Leaves  premiered in 1971 and won both the Obie award and the Drama Critics' Circle award for Best American Play. In addition, a 1986 revival won four Tony Awards, including one each for featured actor, John Mahoney, and featured actress, Swoosie Kurtz. 


The House of Blue Leaves  will be directed by Steve Fatla.  Tickets are $15, $12 for Seniors and Students.