The House of Blue Leaves

September 12-27, 2009

By John Guare

“The Gallery Players puts together a lively, visually appealing production that moves with pace and professionalism…an explosion of absurdity that pits startlingly funny lines against the tragic circumstances of mundane, unfulfilled lives.”
-Jo Ann Rosen, nytheatre.com

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Producer: Neal J. Freeman and Brian Michael Flanagan for The Gallery Players
Director: Dev Bondarin
Set Designer: Ann Bartek
Costume Designer: Brad Scoggins
Lighting Designer: Ryan Bauer
Sound Designer: Chris Rummel
Props Master: Virginia C. Monte
Production Stage Manager: Jodi Witherell
Assistant Stage Manager: Doug Faulborn
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Pictured (l to r): Burke Adams, Nora Vetter, Emilie Soffe, Sharon Hunter, and Stacey Scotte in The Gallery Players’ production of The House of Blue Leaves. Photo by Neal J. Freeman.

The Cast

Artie Shaughnessy: Burke Adams*
Bunny Flingus: Stacey Scotte*
Bananas Shaughnessy: Victoria Bundonis*
Ronnie Shaughnessy: Alex Herrald
Corrinna Stroller: Elizabeth Wood*
Head Nun: Sharon Hunter*
Second Nun: Nora Vetter
Little Nun: Emilie Soffe
Billy Einhorn: Tom Cleary*
MP: David Ojala
White Man: Ronn Burton

*appearing courtesy of AEA

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Pictured: Stacey Scotte and Burke Adams in The Gallery Players’ production of The House of Blue Leaves. Photo by Neal J. Freeman.

Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas, who is. This is much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus, who’ll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix stowing a home made-bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum and now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn, with his starlet girlfriend in tow. Billy holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives. Winner of the 1971 Critics Award and the Obie Award as Best American Play.

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Pictured: Burke Adams and Victoria Bundonis in The Gallery Players’ production of The House of Blue Leaves. Photo by Neal J. Freeman.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 PM – Opening night
Sunday, September 13 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, September 17 at 8:00 PM
Friday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 PM
Friday, September 25 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 PM – final performance