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A Pulitzer Prize-winning Classic


By Mary Chase
Directed by Devon de Mayo

May 11, 2017 — Jun 11, 2017

“Harvey succeeds in large part because of its uniformly excellent cast… Kane also has comic timing as nimble as—wait for it—a rabbit.” –Chicago Sun-Times

Elwood P. Dowd is a pleasant man with a unique friend, Harvey—who happens to be an invisible, six-foot tall rabbit. Elwood embraces Harvey in his life and introduces him to everyone he meets, thoroughly embarrassing his social-climbing sister, Veta. Questioning his sanity, she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium, but nothing goes quite according to plan. The search is on for the mild-mannered Elwood and his unseen companion.

Featuring Timothy Edward Kane and directed by Devon de Mayo, Mary Chase’s Harvey is a celebrated classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy.

Approximate Running Time: Act One 53 min, Act Two 60 min (15-min intermission)

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The 2016/17 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.

Harvey is sponsored by

The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Charles Custer Joel and Cheryle Williamson

Photo of  Karen Janes Wodistch, Sarah Price, Amy J. Carle, and Timothy Edward Kane by Michael Brosilow.

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Articles and Interviews

Director Devon de Mayo is here to make you laugh.

“I just believe in joy, and I think it’s imperative as theatre artists to bring it to the stage, to hear audiences laugh, and to feel a sense of community through that laughter,” she says.

The Improbable Life of Mary Chase

Mary Chase lived a raucous, improbable life. Born Mary McDonough in Denver in 1906, she joked that her family’s home “was not quite on the wrong side of the tracks, but the noise of the trains reached it.”

Q&A: Timothy Edward Kane

Timothy Edward Kane is no stranger to the stages and the classrooms at the University of Chicago. He returned to teaching this spring with a master class in acting, where he shared his experiences of performing classic roles and brought his students into the Harvey rehearsal process.

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