Theater program presenting “The House of Blue Leaves” Feb. 8-11

The Department of Music, Theater and Dance will present John Guare’s play “The House of Blue Leaves” at the Casino Theatre Feb. 8-11. Directed by David Ledoux, performances will be given at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.

Set in Sunnyside, Queens on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York in 1965, “The House of Blue Leaves” centers on zookeeper and would-be songwriter Artie Shaughnessy. Desperate to escape life with his schizophrenic wife, Bananas, Artie is having an affair with his flamboyant neighbor, Bunny Flingus. The ambitious Bunny hatches a plan to commit Bananas and move to Hollywood so that Artie can collaborate with his childhood friend Billy Einhorn, who grew up to be a famous film director. Also on the scene are Artie and Bananas’ troubled son, a deaf movie actress and a trio of excitable nuns. By the end of this historic day, whose dreams will come true?

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for Salve Regina students, faculty and staff. First-year students receive free admission when presenting their Salve Regina ID at the box office. For ticket information or reservations, contact the box office at (401) 341-2250 or www.tinyurl.com/salvecasino.

The cast includes Bradley Simpson ’20 as Artie Shaughnessy, Kathryn Coppa ’19 as Bananas Shaughnessy, Julia Curtin ’19 as Bunny Flingus, Kenny Benell ’18 as Ronnie Shaughnessy, Zachary Bailey ’20 as Billy Einhorn, Madisyn Mugavero ’19 as Head Nun, Margaret Flanagan ’21 as Second Nun, Jillian Tereshka ’19 as Little Nun, Morgan Salpietro ’19 as Corrinna Stroller, Collin Travassos ’18 as Policeman and Darren Christie ’20 as the White Man.

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