Nov 13, 2017

Eastern Michigan Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvey, a lighthearted, comedy classic about small-town resident Elwood Dowd and his best friend Harvey — who just so happens to be a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. 

Public performances of Harvey are December 1-3 & 7-10, 2017. All performances will take place at the Quirk Theatre, located in the Quirk Dramatic Arts Building at the intersection of East Circle Drive and Best Hall/Ann Street on EMU’s Ypsilanti Campus. This production is recommended for audiences ages 10+.

Good-natured, eccentric Elwood Dowd is well known in his small town for venturing about with his best friend Harvey...who just so happens to be a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. Worried about the embarrassment of Elwood’s antics and the negative impact on her social standing, his sister Veta and her daughter decide to have him committed to a sanitarium. As Veta explains the situation to the staff she unravels, assumptions are made and chaos ensues. Once the tangled truth is sorted out everyone begins a frantic search to find Elwood, who shows up at the sanitarium of his own accord while looking for Harvey. Love and understanding win out in the end of Mary Chase’s delightful, Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. Directed by John Seibert, Harvey is an old-fashioned comedy with a timeless message.

Featured in the performance are Gina Lock as Myrtle Mae and Mat De Lisle as Elwood. The production is directed by Ann Arbor resident and EMU full-time lecturer, John Seibert. Also joining the team is student scenic designer Sera Shearer, a senior at EMU.

Sera will graduate in December with her bachelor's degree in Entertainment Design and Technology. Some of her favorite projects have been: festival properties designer for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival; assistant scenic designer for The Piano Lesson at EMU; and stage manager for Sweeney Todd at the Encore Musical Theatre Company. Sera also currently serves as a member of the supervising stage management team at EMU.

"For (Harvey), John and I agreed that there was no need to reinvent the wheel. The stage directions in the script indicate fairly well what the set should logistically contain. However, most important to myself and all of the other designers was attention to historical accuracy. The set itself is directly inspired by the homes in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, particularly the Crawford Hill mansion, and other buildings that would have been at home in 1940s Colorado. The hope is to give audience members the same feeling they would have experienced had they attended a theatrical production in the 1940s when the play itself was written."

Ticket prices for Harvey are $15 regular admission, $12 for students and seniors, $9 for MAINSTAGE patrons, $7 for children 10-12. Tickets are available in person at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office or the Quirk Box Office, by phone at 734.487.2282, and online at Quirk Box Office hours are Monday-Friday from 1-5pm during the week of shows and two hours before showtime.

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