Bethel to present comedy
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:00 am
The Bethel University Academic Theatre will present the family comedy “Harvey” Feb. 16-19 at Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building.
“Harvey” is a 1944 play by American playwright Mary Chase.
The play’s main character is Elwood P. Dowd, an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey – who Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit.
Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing.
She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter Myrtle Mae and their family from future embarrassment.
When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues.
The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including Dr. Chumley and his medical partner Dr. Sanderson.
Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being” does Veta realize that she’d rather have Elwood the same as he’s always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.
Directed by Marion Graham, the Bethel Academic Theatre production of “Harvey” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19.
Tickets are $7 and are available at the door prior to each performance. Bethel students, faculty and staff are admitted free.
A reception will follow the Thursday evening performance and a raffle winner of a giant, stuffed “Harvey” will be announced.
For more information about “Harvey,” contact Marion Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The WCP 2.2.12