Western Gold Theatre kicks off its 25th Anniversary season with their Studio Series production of the comedy Harvey. A charming story of Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, an invisible 6-foot 3-1/2-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets, much to the chagrin of his social-climbing sister Veta, who increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing.
In Celtic mythology, a pooka is a benign but mischievous creature who is especially fond of social outcasts. In some cultures the pooka are considered to be bringers both of good and bad fortune. Sometimes confusing and often terrifying humans, the pooka is considered to be benevolent.
Playwright Mary Chase grew up Irish Catholic in Denver and absorbed the Irish myths told to her by her mother. Her early career was as a journalist, working her way up through writing the Society column to feature work. She wrote numerous plays – three of which were turned into films – and a couple of children’s books. In 1944 her play Harvey commenced its eventual 4-1/2 year run on Broadway and in 1945 won the Pulitzer Prize. The first film adaptation came out in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart.
Harvey is part of our Studio Series, which presents staged readings, putting the emphasis on ‘staged’ with a set by Glenn MacDonald and Anna Hagan’s wonderful direction. The professional actors in the cast have just a few days of rehearsal, yet you will quickly forget that they have their scripts at hand. Starring Bernard Cuffling as Elwood and Annabel Kershaw as his sister Veda, with Darren Boquist, Dave Campbell, Kate Dion-Richard, Tanja Dixon-Warren, Keith Martin Gordey, Anjela Magpanty, Russell Roberts and Colleen Winton.
There are only 5 performances – March 16 to 18, Friday to Sunday 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm – so get your tickets soon, by calling our Box Office at 604-363-5734, buying online at rabbit.BPT.me, or visiting our website – westerngoldtheatre.org.