This edition: Production: "The House of Blue Leaves" (Winter 1986)Tweet
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.
Merle Debuskey Publicist
Bernard Gersten Exec. Producer, Lincoln Center Theater
John Guare Playwright
Jim Russek Advertising Representative
Jerry Zaks Director