Harvey

The closing show in our Generations season is Harvey, another Pulitzer Prize Winner (Drama, 1945). In the comedy by Mary Chase, Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors begins.


Auditions & Rehearsals

  • March 10 & 11, registration at 6:30PM, auditions at 7PM
  • March 12, call backs by invitation at 7PM
  • March 13 read-through, headshots, costume measurements, forms

Performance Dates

  • May 9, 10, 16 & 1 @ 7:30 PM
  • May 17 @ 1:30 PM

About Harvey

Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

Harvey is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. https://dramatists.com

Open Auditions on March 10 & 11

Casting is open to all gender identities. The characters will present as the gender they are written.

  • Elwood P. Dowd – Elwood P. Dowd is the central character of the play, a charming eccentric who’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, very friendly, and has “old-school gentleman charm”. Elwood is Veta’s older brother but the age difference needn’t be dramatic. Male presenting, age 35-55.
  • Veta Louise Simmons – Elwood’s younger sister, Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother and is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. She is very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her older brother Elwood very much. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play. Female presenting, age 35-55.
  • Myrtle Mae Simmons – Myrtle is Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s Niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry-a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered. Usually played a younger actress. Female presenting. Age 18-30.
  • Dr. William B. Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest with years of experience. He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium. Usually played an older actor. Male presenting, age 50+.
  • Ruth Kelly is a sympathetic character, a pretty young nurse who has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. She is sweet and kind and looks for the best in people. Usually played a younger actress. Female presenting. Age 18-35.
  • Betty Chumley is Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. Usually played an older actress. A smaller role (Act 2 only) – may double as Ms Chauvenet. Female presenting, age 50+.
  • Dr. Lyman Sanderson is a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on. Usually played a younger actor. Male presenting, age 20-35.
  • Wilson is the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. He sets his sites on Myrtle Mae Simmons soon after meeting her. Male presenting, age 20-50.
  • Judge Omar Gaffney is is an old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer. He is fiercely protective of the family and surprisingly understanding of Elwood’s belief in Harvey. Usually played an older actor. Male presenting, age 40+.
  • Ethel Chauvenet is an old friend of the family. She is an elite member of the town’s social circle that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into. Usually played an older actress. A smaller role (Act 1 only) – may double as Betty Chumley. Female presenting, age 50+.
  • E. J. Lofgren is a cab driver whose monologue about sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. This role has a single scene near the very end. Open gender / age.