Harvey is a warm, comedic play that centers around Elwood P. Dowd, an affable, likable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend named Harvey.
Now, it’s not necessarily a terrible thing that a grown man has an imaginary friend. It’s just that Elwood describes Harvey 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. But they arrive, a comedy of errors ensues.
The young Dr. Sanderson mistakenly commits 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 sanitarium director Dr. Chumley.
“Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor,” says Elwood in the play. “And I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.”
Lesley Warren, Spotlight program coordinator, will return to direct this performance. This will be her second production on the CEPA stage as the head of Spotlight, her first being Bus Stop by William Inge.
Harvey will feature three performances on Oct. 27-29. The Friday and Saturday performances, Oct. 27-28, will begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performance is a 2 p.m. matinee. The Friday night performance will also include a VIP reception at 6 p.m.
Tickets for Harvey go on sale as part of CEPA’s Season Ticket Packages on August 18. Tickets purchases officially open August 25. VIP tickets are $40, adult tickets are $20, and student tickets are $10. To purchase visit pellcitycepa.com/tickets.
To learn more about Spotlight, a partnership program among Jefferson State Community College – St. Clair, Pell City Schools, St. Clair County Schools and CEPA, or to learn more about auditioning for Harvey, visit pellcitycepa.com/spotlight.