The Hudson School Presents: “The House of Blue Leaves” By John Guare







HOBOKEN (November 2, 2017) The year is 1965. The times are changing. In August, the Beatles have given a record-breaking concert in Queens, NY at Shea Stadium; and now, just three months later, Pope Paul VI, the first Pope ever to come to America, is visiting New York City to speak to the UN about ending the horrific ongoing war in Vietnam. On that historic day, the city is in a frenzy. People from all over the country are making their way to the city to receive a blessing from the Pope, in the hope of having all their wildest dreams realized.

Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Working by day as a zookeeper, he performs in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs neighbor and mistress, Bunny Flingus.

As the Pope makes his way to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, bringing with him a homemade bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. More visitors arrive at the Shaughnessy household: three saucy nuns from Ridgewood, and Artie’s old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn, with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises.

Charle K. plays Artie, Elizabeth B. and Ava F. play Bananas and Bunny. Aubrey M., Amelia F., Kari B., Bailey K., Nicole D., Karichelle M., Christian E. and Gianluca L. complete the cast to bring this zany, comedic farce and poignant tragedy to life. The production is directed and designed by Adam Sentoni.

The House of Blue Leaves will be presented at The Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Avenue, Hoboken, NJ. Performance schedule includes five performances: Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:00 PM; and Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $15.00/$10.00 for students and seniors. For reservations, contact Adam Sentoni:

 The Hudson School, founded in 1978, has steadfastly held to its mission of encouraging “courage, compassion, and commitment” in its students, who are admitted on the basis of their academic potential. The school provides intellectually inquisitive students in grades 5-12 with a rigorous and relevant college-preparatory education that inspires independent thinking and intellectual risk- taking with the goal of developing compassionate, responsible, principled citizens who are socially conscious and committed to lifelong learning and service.

For information about the admissions process, please contact Janet Wright, Admissions Director, at 201.659.8335, ext. 106, or visit



The Cast of The House of Blue Leaves


Elizabeth B. (Bananas), Charle K. (Artie) and Ava F. (Bunny)

Bailey K. (Little Nun), Nicole D. (Second Nun), and Kari B. (Ronnie Shaughnessy)

Ava F. (Bunny), Charle K. (Artie) and Elizabeth B. (Bananas)

Amelia F. (Corrinna Stroller) and Aubrey M. (Billy Einhorn)



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