Tom Smith directs dark comedy The House of Blue Leaves

The House of Blue Leaves opens June 6 at the Black Box Theatre. Courtesy photo.
The House of Blue Leaves
opens June 6 at the Black Box
Theatre. Courtesy photo.
The House Of Blue Leaves runs June 6 – 22

No Strings Theatre Company presents The House of Blue Leaves written by John Guare and directed by Tom Smith. The House of Blue Leaves opens Friday, June 6, and runs through Sunday, June 22, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.

Zookeeper Artie Shaughnessy has dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter, but he just can’t figure out quite how to get there from his Queens, New York, apartment where he takes care of his manic wife, Bananas. But when the Pope makes a historical trip to New York in 1965, Artie’s zany mistress Bunny is certain that with his blessing Artie’s dreams will finally come true. But Artie’s son, Ronnie, who intends on blowing up the Pope, Artie’s Hollywood friends Billy and Corinna, and a group of pushy nuns seem to keep holding him back. This is black comedy by one of America’s best playwrights.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees on June 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. and a Thursday evening performance on June 19 at 7p.m. Tickets are $12 regular admission, $10 students and seniors over 65 and all seats on Thursday are $8.

Reservations: 523-1223.

Character study and audition techniques acting workshop

Want to nail your next audition? Do you want to improve your chances of getting a dream role? Want to get rid of that nervous feeling every time you walk in a room?

In this workshop, you will learn audition techniques in a fun and personalized workshop setting from Amy Lanasa, local actor, director and writer. She’ll refine all the details of your audition technique from how you walk in the door to your choice of material to how to handle adjustments. You’ll leave this workshop with the confidence that you know exactly what directors and producers are looking for during your three minutes in the room and that you can give it to them.

Each participant in the workshop will get a chance to perform two contrasting monologues in a final showcase for an invited audience.

Dates/Times: Saturdays, June 7, 14, and 21, 10a.m. to 1 p.m.
Final Showcase: Monday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Workshops will be held in the Black Box Rehearsal Space, Final Showcase at the theatre
Cost: $100, including a $25 deposit due by June 2
Contact: For more information about the workshop or to register, contact the instructor, Amy Lanasa, at 680-6108

Amy Lanasa is a writer, director and actor originally from Texas. She received her MFA in film and professional writing from the film school at Florida State University where she also earned an MA in theatre studies. Some of her favorite roles include Becca from Rabbit Hole at the Black Box, and Angel from When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? at LCCT. She also played Melodie Semple in Mark Medoff’s film Refuge, starring Linda Hamilton. Her plays have been produced across the country and include Drive-In America (American College Theatre Festival Best Short Play 2001); Buy One, Get Five Free; The Ledge; The Iris Incident ; and Twitch. Lanasa has won two major university-wide awards, the prestigious Patricia Christmore as well as the Donald Roush Award for excellence in teaching at New Mexico State University, where she currently educates digital filmmaking students in the art and craft of screenwriting and short film production at the Creative Media Institute.

Claude Bourbon performs Sunday, June 8

Frog Records presents Medieval guitar and Spanish Blues music performed by Claude Bourbon at the Black Box Theatre on Sunday, June 8, at 7 p.m. “This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz,” says the BBC, UK. “A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a tunning
guitar virtuoso.” Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made at 523-1223.

Guitarist Aaron Lewis performs June 25

Guitarist Aaron Lewis will premiere music from his upcoming CD Zodiac Strings at the Black Box Theatre on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Lewis took the 12 constellations, made musical designs of them on staff paper, wrote compositions based on those themes. He will also be performing compositions from his two previous albums Space Travel and Gemini Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made at 523-1223.