Endicott College Performing Arts Department Presents: Harvey:A Mainstage Production
BEVERLY – Endicott College presents the fall Mainstage play, Harvey, written by Mary Chase. Performances will take place on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 pm; Friday, October 18 at 7:30 pm; and Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm in Tia’s Theater, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. Tickets are $10 general admission, free to EC ID holders, and can be purchased at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or by calling (978) 998-7700.
In this humorous and heartwarming play, Elwood P. Dowd's introduction of his imaginary friend Harvey, a nearly six-and-a-half foot tall white rabbit, to the guests at his sister Veta's party proves to be the final straw. She has endured enough of his eccentric behavior and decides to have him committed to Chumley’s Rest. Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he 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 all involved.
This wonderful production is directed by Professor Penny Hansen and features about 15 students, many of whom hale from local communities: Joe Andreassi as Elwood P. Dowd; Ashley Whippen of Ipswich, MA as Veta Simmons; Hailey Cook as Myrtle Mae Simmons; Yousef Bakier as Dr. Sanderson; Mary Sansone as Nurse Kelly; Jay Martel as Dr. Chumley; Dave LeClair of Saugus, MA as Duane Wilson; Anna Belmonte of Amesbury, MA as Ms. Gafney; Nicole Tashian as Betty Chumley; Melody Curran as Mrs. Chauvenet; and Michaela Hummer as Miss Johnson/E.J. Lofgren. The show is stage managed by Dara Goldberg of Peabody, MA and assistant directed by Felicia Frank.
Tickets are $10 general admission, and free for ECID holders. Tickets can be reserved at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or by leaving a message at the box office at (978) 998-7700. For more information about the show or the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, please contact Becca Kenneally, Performing Arts Chair, at email@example.com or (978) 232-2397; or you can visit the Endicott College Center for the Arts webpage at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.