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This edition: Production: "The House of Blue Leaves" (Winter 1986)

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 1, 1986.

The producing team of the 1986 Tony-nominated play “The House of Blue Leaves” - press representative Merle Debuskey, executive producer Bernard Gersten, playwright John Guare, advertising representative James Russek, and director Jerry Zaks - discuss how they came to work on this mid-1960's domestic comedy at Lincoln Center Theater, first in the off-Broadway Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, then transferring to the much larger Vivian Beaumont Theater which presented its own challenges, eventually moving to the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway; the economics of producing, subscriber base, and ticket prices at a not-for-profit theater; finding key designers; casting sessions, working with strong actors, and maintaining quality performances in an extended run.

Guest List

Merle Debuskey Publicist

Bernard Gersten Exec. Producer, Lincoln Center Theater 

John Guare Playwright

Jim Russek Advertising Representative

Jerry Zaks Director