Kate Burton
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Kate Burton
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Full cast and creative team have been announced for John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, which will open the new Mark Taper Forum after its year-long renovation on August 30. The production, to be directed by Nicholas Martin, opens September 14 and continues through October 19.

The play is set during the Pope's 1965 visit to New York City, which brings the hope of answered prayers and a few unexpected guests to an apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, where Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper, pines for a new life as a popular songwriter.

The cast features Diedrich Bader, Mia Barron, Kate Burton, Angela Goethals, James B. Harnagel, James Immekus, Jane Kaczmarek, James Joseph O'Neil, John Pankow, Rusty Schwimmer, and Mary Kay Wulf.

The show will feature set design by David Korins, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Philip G. Allen. Music and lyrics are by Guare with additional music and arrangements by Michael Friedman.