The House of Blue Leaves

By John Guare

Artie Shaughnessy 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. Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus will 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 is 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.”

1st (Debut) play

The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare

A tragicomedy/farce, The House of Blue Leaves won the NY Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best American Play and the Obie Award for Best American Play in 1971. It won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding revival and was nominated for the Tony for Best Play in 1986.

The show will open on July 16th, 2020 and run three weekends Thurs-Sunday. Total of 12 performances and it will close on August 2nd, 2020. The play will be at the Wool Theatre at the J in August 2020.


  • Director: Annamaria Pileggi
  • Scenic Design: Margery and Peter Spack
  • Lighting Design: Michael Sullivan
  • Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan
  • Costume Design: Michelle Siler
  • Stage Manager: Patrick Siler

Interested in auditioning for our inaugural production?

Auditions are on Saturday October 26th, 2019, 10am-6pm and callbacks are on Monday October 28th, 2019 at the Jewish Community Theatre. 

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