Stiller's first days in The House of Blue Leaves were spent in rehearsals when his mother played in the Off-Broadway production in 1971. He then made his Broadway debut in the show, playing the troubled teenager Ronnie Shaughnessy. He returns to the Shaughnessy family, this time playing Ronnie's father, Artie.
Stiller now leads the cast in the drama that tells the story of “Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper and wannabe songwriter, who is trying to cope with a schizophrenic wife (Edie Falco), an impatient girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a visit from the Pope, all while sustaining his dream of hitting it big. [The play] is a satirical take on celebrity, religion, and the frequent merging of the two.”
The cast also features Thomas Sadoski as Billy Einhorn, Alison Pill as Corrinna Stroller, Mary Beth Hurt as Head Nun, Christopher Abbott as Ronnie Shaughnessy, Halley Feiffer as Little Nun, Susan Bennett as Second Nunn, Jimmy Davis as Military Policeman and Tally Sessions as White Man.
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