Enchanting, zany, and original – PPF Opens John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves” March 14th

Opens Next Weekend

PPF The House of Blue Leaves Opening Week Montage Photo by Chip Gertzog

On Friday March 14, 2014, the Providence Players open John Guare’s wacky and beautifully fashioned dramatic farce which illuminates the American dream and obsession with celebrity. Zoo attendant Artie Shaughnessy is a failed songwriter with visions of fame and glory.  He copes with an overly medicated wife, an impatient mistress, an AWOL and homicidal son being pursued by military police, and beer-drinking nuns on the day the Pope visits New York City. His girlfriend convinces Artie to call his old school buddy Billy Einhorn, a famous film director from Los Angeles, to finagle a job writing music for Billy’s movies in a desperate attempt to find stardom, only to have the plan blow up.  Set in 1965 in Queens NY, The House of Blue Leaves is a unique blend of farce, dark comedy and drama. The New York Times called this multiple Tony award recognized play and winner of the Obie and Drama Critics’ awards for Best American Play, “Enchanting zany and original”.

This production contains mature themes and some strong language.

Performances will be held at The James Lee Community Center Theater in Falls Church 2855 Annandale RD Falls Church VA 22042


Thurs., Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m. March 16 & 23  


Adult – $20
Senior (62+) – $17
Student (w/ ID) – $17

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 The House of Blue Leaves – Cast and Character List

Artie Shaughnessy                Adam Downs*

Bananas Shaughnessy        Beth Whitehead

Bunny Flingus                        Jayne Victor

Ronnie Shaughnessy          Andrew Rampy*

Corrinna Stroller                 Brittany Marinakos*

Head Nun                               Allison Turkel*

Second Nun                          Jennifer Rubio*

Little Nun                           Courtney Fonnesbeck*

Billy Einhorn                         Michael Donahue

MP                                        Zachary Todd

The White Man                    Mario Font

Understudy                          Andra Whitt

*Providence Players debut production

Written By John Guare

Director:  Michael P. Donahue

Producers:  Susan Kaplan and Sue Winfield

Stage Manager:  Danine Welsh


Michael Donahue makes his directing debut for PPF with The House of Blue Leaves. He has been working with PPF since 2009.  He has acted and worked backstage for many PPF productions.  Michael worked professionally in the theatre from 1984 – 2000. He has a MFA in Theatre Directing and was Artistic Director for Playhouse on the Square’s Professional Theatre for Youth in Memphis, TN.  He was Associate Artistic Director for HITT Productions responsible for writing, directing and Fight Direction for large performance events.  Directing credits include: Merchant of Venice, VPStart Crow, Manassas VA., Nothing Sacred, Circuit Playhouse, Memphis TN., Tom Sawyer, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,and Magicians Nephew, Playhouse on the Square Professional Theatre for Youth, Memphis TN., The Tell Tale Heart, The Murders at the Rue Morgue, HITT Productions, Poconos PA., Glass Menagerie, ExtremitiesLord Byron, original one man show, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.