Arts & Entertainment

'Harvey' Opens at Summit Playhouse April 25

April 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Playhouse will present "Harvey" beginning April 25.  Continuing through to May 10, the show will be the 311th produced by The Summit Playhouse since its inception in 1918.

“We can’t wait to bring the wit and charm of Harvey to our audiences at the Summit Playhouse”, says the play's director, Steve Catron.  “One of the things we love about this show is that folks know the title, since many have seen the movie with Jimmy Stewart.  We know our patrons will love this story of the big white rabbit Harvey and his unflappable friend Elwood P. Dowd.”

"Harvey" tells the story of an affable man named Elwood P. Dowd and his presumably imaginary friend Harvey, a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit   When Elwood starts to introduce Harvey to guests at a society party, his society-obsessed sister, Veta, decides to have him committed to spare her daughter Myrtle Mae and their family from future embarrassment.  When Veta takes Elwood to the local sanatorium, the doctors mistakenly commit the anxiety-ridden Veta.  This sets off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos. 

The play by Mary Chase opened in Broadway in 1944, and ran for four and a half years.  "Harvey" won the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for best play.  The 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd has brought even more attention to the work, as "Harvey" gained popularity in the theater and on the stage.

The cast features Stacey Petricha as Veta Louise Simmona, Jackie Jacobi as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Nerida Miller as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Jon Beeler as Dr. Sanderson, Kendall Green as Nurse Kelly, Eric Friedman as Wilson, Arnold Buchiane as Dr. Chumley, Kathy Mierisch as Mrs. Betty Chumley, Frank Guerrasio as Judge Omar Gaffney, Steve Nitka as E.J. Lofgren, and Chip Prestera as Elwood P. Dowd.

"Harvey" at The Summit Playhouse is under the direction of Steve Catron, with Truc-Lan Vu serving as is both producer and stage manager.  Costume design for the show is by Sheila Rees, set design by Kevern Cameron, lighting and sound design by Wendy Roome, set décor by Risha Walden and set painting by Tina White. 

Show times are April 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., May 1-3, 9-10 at 8 p.m., and May 4 at 2 p.m.  Tickets -- priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students (18 and under) -- are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 1-800 / 838-3006.  Group rates for ten or more are also available by calling the Playhouse at 908 /273-2192.  The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Avenue.

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