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Creighton University Presents House of Blue Leaves

Creighton University Presents House of Blue Leaves

Creighton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present the black comedy by John Guare, “House of Blue Leaves,”   in the Studio Theatre of the Lied Education Center for the Arts  , Wednesday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.

The play, which premiered in New York in 1971, was the winner of the 1971 Critics Award and the Obie Award as Best American Play.

It tells the story of New Yorker Artie Shaughnessy, a middle-aged zoo attendant in Queens, who still has a lingering dream of becoming a famous songwriter. However, the realities of life with a mentally deranged wife, Bananas, and a potentially dangerous son, Ronnie, coupled with Artie’s own lack of initiative and talent, have turned this dream into a deluded fantasy. But on the day Pope Paul VI makes his first visit to New York on Oct. 4, 1965, Artie, with the help of his determined mistress, Bunny, discovers newfound commitment to attempt to make his dream of fame come true. Can Artie escape this crazy zoo that his life has become? A famous film director, an ex-Hollywood starlet, three sightseeing nuns, and a bomb are all that stand in his way.

Directing the production is Amy Lane, Ph. D., a guest director and Creighton University alumna. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Creighton University in 1990, a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Memphis and a doctorate from Wayne State University. “The House of Blue Leaves” is her third directorial production with Creighton since graduating from the University.

The Lied Education Center for the Arts is located at 24th and Cass streets. Visitor parking is located west of the building and accessed from Cass Street. Additional visitor parking is available on weekends and after 5 p.m. on the top level of a 24th Street parking structure.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for all students and Creighton University faculty and staff. For ticket reservations, please visit or call the reservation line at 402.280.1448.

The production is funded in part by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund and an anonymous source.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.