Guare's House of Blue Leaves and Orton's Mr. Sloane May Play Broadway via Roundabout

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John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade and Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane have joined the list of productions which may see the New York stage as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's new season.

The non-profit which currently boasts the Broadway revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire and Twelve Angry Men is considering the works for its 2005-2006, a Roundabout spokesperson confirmed.

Set in Sunnyside, Queens, NY in 1965, The House of Blue Leaves is a dark comedy "about a family so obsessed with the promise of the American Dream that they are completely incapable of connecting with each other," The 1971 work first played on Broadway in 1986, in a production starring Stockard Channing, Ben Stiller, John Mahoney and Swoosie Kurtz under the direction of Jerry Zaks with the latter three (and the play itself) earning Tony Awards.

Michael Mayer has been previously attached to direct Haidle's Mr. Marmalade likely for a run at the company's Off-Broadway home, the Laura Pels Theatre. The play follows the lives of two children (as played by adults) who deal with adult issues. Neglected four-year-old Lucy creates an imaginary world where the titular busy businessman continually promises to spend more time with her until she finds friendship in five-year-old neighbor Larry, who is New Jersey’s youngest suicide survivor.

In Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Orton pens a tale of a young woman who invites the titular "attractive, mischievous and dangerous" man back to her house where she and her brother "compete for his favors." The stranger's past, however, threatens to catch up with him. The London-set drama made its Broadway debut in 1965 and was revived in 1996 Off-Broadway.

The three works join the previously reported Doug Hughes staging of A Touch of the Poet by Eugene O'Neill that may trod the Roundabout boards. Roundabout will next present a Mark Brokaw-directed revival of W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife starring Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave with Enid Graham, Kathryn Meisle, Michael Cumpsty, John Dossett, Kathleen McNenny, Denis Holmes and John Ellison Conlee. Next season will see the Wallace Shawn adaptation of The Threepenny Opera starring Alan Cumming as Mack the Knife opposite Edie Falco and singer Nellie McKay in a production directed by Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, The Women). For more information on Roundabout, call (212) 719-1300, or visit them online at

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