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Our 1973-1974 Season: Mainstage

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House of Blue Leaves

Written by John Guare

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. 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, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn with starlet girlfriend in tow, who 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.

Opening Night: Friday, January 11, 1974 - Closing Night: Saturday, January 26, 1974


MPTed Cotton
Corrinna StrollerDonna Ferlanti
Bananas ShaughnessyFran Fleming
Head NunRuth Hill
Little NunSharon Hodges
Bunny FlingusBarbara Krajkowski
Second NunLinda Middleton
Billy EinhornJay Mills
The White ManWalter Peemoller
Ronnie ShaughnessyFrank Quackenbush
Artie ShaughnessySteve Sacco

Production Staff

DirectorHoward Myers
ProducerMarge Gaffney
Stage ManagerMarge Gaffney
Assistant Stage ManagerFrankye Patasnik
Set DesignSteve Petruska
Set ConstructionJack Fleming
Set Construction-CrewEd Bush
Roger Clark
Tom Murray
David Nordquist
Set DecorSteve Petruska
Set Decor-CrewDiane Geisler
Frankye Patasnik
Lighting DesignJohn Hay
Lighting-CrewBob Smith
Sound DesignJess Hill
PropsDiane Geisler
Props-CrewGinger Fennelly
Frankye Patasnik
CostumesGinger Fennelly
Costumes-CrewDiane Geisler
Frankye Patasnik
Make-Up / HairNikki Salus
Make-Up / Hair CrewSally Lawrence
Program EditorAlicia Nordquist