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Wheeling Jesuit to Perform ‘The House of Blue Leaves’

Students at Wheeling Jesuit University will present “The House of Blue Leaves,” a comedy about the lengths to which people will go to find their 15 minutes of fame.

The production will take center stage at 8 p.m., Nov. 20-22 and at 2 p.m., Nov. 23 inside WJU’s Troy Theater, located inside Swint Hall. The play is free and open to the public. For tickets call 304-243-2095.

The production is under the direction of Dave Henderson.

“The House of Blue Leaves” by John Guare, takes place in the 1960s in Queens, N.Y., and centers on zookeeper and would-be songwriter Artie Shaughnessy. Artie wants to make a name for himself as a composer, but his songs are ill received by most people.

Desperate to escape life with his schizophrenic wife, Bananas, Artie is having an affair with his flamboyant neighbor, Bunny Flingus.

The ambitious Bunny hatches a plan to commit Bananas and move to Hollywood so that Artie can collaborate with his childhood friend, Billy Einhorn, who grew up to be a famous film director.

Also on the scene are Artie and Bananas’ troubled soldier son, who has gone AWOL and has plans to assassinate the Pope, who is in New York. Add some high-energy nuns, a young starlet with a hearing problem, and Artie’s struggle for fame and control becomes clear. By the end, he is left with nothing he wants and everything he hoped to leave behind.

The cast includes: Patrick Washington as Artie Shaughnessy; Halli Richards as Bunny Flingus; Alexa Frankovitch as Bananas Shaughnessy; Stephen Hansknecht as Billy Shaughnessy; Jessica Pontis as Corrinna Stroller; Sean Shields as Billy Einhorn; Rebecca Rodgers as Head Nun; Prisca Tshibambe as Second Nun; Samantha Herrington as Little Nun; Mason Etier as Policeman; Miguel Staples as White Coat.

Assistant director is Kelsey Zimcosky; head set construction is George Bell; lighting and sound technician is Wolfgang Zober.

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