Carlow University Theatre Presents John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves

Carlow University Theatre will present John Guare’s dark comedy, “The House of Blue Leaves,” on March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30. All performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Rosemary Heyl Theatre located in Antonian Hall. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students.

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 Won Both an Obie and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award in 1971 for Best American Play

Pittsburgh, Pa. –Carlow University Theatre will present John Guare’s dark comedy The House of Blue Leaves on March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30.  All performances are at 8 p.m. in Carlow’s Rosemary Heyl Theatre, located on the ground floor of Antonian Hall.

The House of Blue Leaves is set in New York in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visits the city.  Struggling songwriter Artie Shaughnessy works as a zookeeper while hoping one day to make it big in Hollywood with his songs.  In the meantime, he has to deal with his somewhat unhinged wife, Bananas, who is ticketed for an asylum (hence the play’s title), and his girlfriend, Bunny Flingus, who wants to have the Pope bless Artie’s songs.  Surprise visits by three lost nuns (hoping to view the Pope), Artie’s AWOL GI son, Ronnie (hoping to blow up the Pope), and a deaf movie star add to the confusion.

The House of Blue Leaves premiered in 1971 and won both the Obie award and the Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best American Play. In addition, a 1986 revival won four Tony Awards, including one each for featured actor, John Mahoney, and featured actress, Swoosie Kurtz.

The House of Blue Leaves will be directed by Steve Fatla.  Tickets are $15, $12 for Seniors and Students.


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Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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