School of Theatre and Dance closes 2014-2015 Season with "The House of Blue Leaves" | Kent State University
House of Blue Leaves

School of Theatre and Dance closes 2014-2015 Season with "The House of Blue Leaves"

Directed by Fabio Polanco, dark comedy presents satirical take on celebrity and religion

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University closes its 2014-2015 season with the production of the dark comedy “The House of Blue Leaves.” The production opens Fri., April 17 and runs through Sun., April 26 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive, Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $10.  Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person.  The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

Written by famed American playwright John Guare, “The House of Blue Leaves” takes place on the day Pope Paul VI visits New York in 1965 and presents a satirical take on the intersection of celebrity and religion. Zookeeper Artie Shaughnessy wants nothing more than to leave his zoo-like life with his schizophrenic wife Bananas and downstairs mistress Bunny to become a famous songwriter in Hollywood. When Artie’s son Ronnie goes AWOL and heads to Yankee Stadium with a bomb to blow up the pope, Artie learns that dreams and chaos do not mix.

“The House of Blue Leaves” is directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco. The production and design team includes scenic design by Cody Bartley, lighting design by Chase Drought, costume design by Kerry McCarthy, sound design by Shane Cutlip, and technical direction by Ryan T. Patterson. Daniel Ebert serves as the assistant director, assistant professor Courtney Brown is the dialect coach and Meagan Eishen is the music coordinator.  Nathan Rosmarin is the production stage manager.

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Media Contact: Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116,