EDISON – The Edison Valley Playhouse is casting for a November production of “The House of Blue Leaves” by John Guare. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 1-5 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 17, from 7:30-10 p.m. The company is accepting resumes now via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In “The House of Blue Leaves,” the Pope’s 1965 visit to New York City brings the hope of answered prayers and a few unexpected guests to an apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, where Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper, pines for a new life as a popular songwriter.
John Guare’s witty and dark comedy unfolds on the day the Pope comes to visit. Hearts are palpitating in Sunnyside (not entirely in anticipation of his Holiness). Artie longs to leave his unhappy marriage, get his girlfriend to cook for him and write a chart topper that will catapult him out of Queens and right to the top. A famous producer-friend may hold the key and, he’s coming to New York! The arrival of Artie’s AWOL son, three nuns and a famous movie star complete the chaos.
Called “enchantingly zany and original” by the New York Times, “The House of Blue Leaves” is a heartbreakingly human comedy that explores the lengths people will go in pursuit of the American Dream.
• Artie Shaughnessy: Middle age, Everyman. New York accent is recommended. Ability to play piano a plus but not necessary. Big dreams are keeping him going.
• Bananas Shaughnessy: Middle age. Suffering from a psychosis brought on by her son going to Vietnam. Brittle and wandering, longing for her old life. New York Accent is recommended.
• Bunny Flingus: 30s to 50s. Larger than life and excited about Artie’s chances as a famous songwriter. New York accent is recommended. Big aspirations. Celebrity worship and innate sexiness.
• Ronnie Shaughnessy: 19-25. Should look young, he is the son of Artie and Bananas. AWOL from Vietnam. Probably the suffering from some of the same psychosis as his mother. Some physicality or prat-fall experience recommended. New York accent is recommended.
• Billy Einhorn: Middle age
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