House of Blue Leaves premiers March 25-27 USD Theatre will present a workshop production of John Guare's Tony Award-winning play The House of Blue Leaves March 25-27 at 8 p.m. in the Arena Theatre.
This dark comedy is set in 1965, near the start of the Vietnam war and at a point when the pope was making a landmark visit to New York City. The play captures the mood of a nation in transition, a nation losing its innocence.
The House of Blue Leaves centers on the dysfunctional lives of a would-be songwriter turned zookeeper, Artie Shaughnessy (played by Dan Miller), his zany depressed wife, Bananas (Jeni Bliss), and his mistress from the apartment below, Bunny Flingus (Nettie Kraft).
All of these characters are on the verge of making a change in their lives when they experience an unexpected turn of events, including: the pope's arrival in New York; nuns on the rooftop (Emily Firman, Kari Hammer, and Cassie Walters); an AWOL son (Scott Gessford); an MP on the hunt (Andrew Von Bruggen); a bomb; a movie starlet (Allison Eddy); a famous movie director (Marc Merrill); and a lurking hospital attendant (Pat Pope).
The wacky characters and bizarre situations create an atmosphere of comic chaos.
The production team includes graduate student Cameron Ulrich as director, with Dion Denevan, Melissa Miller, Matt Strampe and Jason Pierret as designers of the set, costumes, lights and sound respectively.
Tickets to The House of Blue Leaves are $2 for the general public and $1 for USD students with ID. Since seating is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400 beginning March 22.