THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES by John Guare. The play is set in Sunnyside, Queens in 1965, on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City. The black comedy focuses on Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter. Artie wants to take his girlfriend Bunny with him to Hollywood. His wife Bananas is a schizophrenic destined for the institution that provides the play’s title. Their son Ronnie is a GI headed for Vietnam who has gone AWOL. Three nuns are eager to see the pope and end up in Artie’s apartment. A political bombing mistakenly occurs in the apartment.
Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in “Scenic Design” – THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES