September 24, 2023

UMW Continued Theatre Season with Production of “Harvey”

The University of Mary Washington‘s Department of Theatre & Dance continued its 2012-2013 season with a production of “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase. Performances were Feb. 14 to 24 in DuPont Hall’s Klein Theatre.

UMW’s production of “Harvey” opens Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene.

“Harvey” is a comedy about Elwood P. Dowd and his companion, Harvey, a six-and-a-half foot tall invisible rabbit. Dowd’s sister, Veta, is worried that if she does not get him committed he will ruin the family’s social reputation. When she brings him to the sanitarium she is mistaken for a patient and is admitted instead. As the doctors try to right their wrongs, everyone begins to realize that Harvey may be more real than they ever anticipated.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

Mary Chase, an American journalist and playwright, wrote “Harvey” in 1944. The play premiered on Broadway later that year and became one of the longest running shows on Broadway after nearly four and a half years of performances. Chase won a Pulitzer Prize for “Harvey” in 1945.

The production is directed by Gregg Stull, professor and chair of the Department of Theater & Dance and Department of Music. Costume design is by Kevin McCluskey, assistant professor theatre, and scenic design is by student designer Colin Manning. Lighting and sound design are by David Hunt and Jon Reynolds, respectively.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111.

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News release prepared by: Sarah Tagg

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.