Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Auditions: 'Harvey' for Stony Hill Players in Summit

by Mary Chase

WHEN: January 13 & 14 from 7-9pm
WHERE: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit

Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a polite and friendly man with a very strange best friend—a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. Elwood’s sister Veta is concerned the rabbit will interfere with her life as a socialite, so she tries to have Elwood committed at the local sanatorium. Veta is so hysterical when she explains her brother’s condition, that she is committed instead. Elwood leaves the sanatorium grounds unbothered, turning the town upside down as everyone goes on the lookout for this mind-mannered hero and his invisible rabbit.


Casting Information:

Casting 6 Male Actors (ages: Late Teens-50s+), 6 Female Actors (ages: Late Teens-60+)

Character Descriptions:

Ethel Chauvenet - (60+) an old friend of the family. She is a member of the town's social circle, which Veta wants Myrtle to break into.

Betty Chumley 
(the doctor's wife) - (50s+) more concerned with socializing than with science: told that her husband has to examine a patient, she tells him, "Give a little quick diagnosis, Willie - we don't want to be late to the party."

Dr. William B. Chumley - (50s+) an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of the sanitarium, Chumley's Rest, to which Veta has Elwood taken. He is a difficult, exacting man, feared by his subordinates, unwilling to tolerate his mistakes.

Elwood P. Dowd - (40s+) the central character of the play, a friendly eccentric who spends his days and nights in the taverns of his unnamed town. Elwood's best friend is Harvey, an invisible six and a half-foot-tall rabbit.

Judge Omar Gaffney - (50s+) an old family friend of the Dowd's, a representative of the people in town who are accustomed to seeing Elwood talking to Harvey and who do not think anything of it.

Nurse Ruth Kelly - (Late Teens-30s) An attractive young nurse with a crush on the handsome but obtuse psychiatrist Dr. Sanderson. She is charmed by Elwood's courtly ways.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson - (20s-30s) young, but very qualified psychiatrist - Dr. Chumley has picked him out of the twelve possible assistants that he tried. He is just as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, but he only reveals his concern indirectly.

Myrtle Mae Simmons - (Late Teens-30s) Myrtle lives with her widowed mother Veta in her Uncle Elwood's home. Unmarried and eager to meet eligible men but believes her uncle's peculiar behavior is ruining her chances.

Veta Louise Simmons - (40s+) Elwood's sister Veta is becoming undone by her brother's relationship with the invisible Harvey. She decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium to spare the family any further embarrassment. However the easily flustered Veta ends up being committed herself when she confesses that she too feels that she sometimes "sees" Harvey.

Wilson - (Late Teens-30s) the muscle of Chumley's Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily.

E. J. Lofgren - (any age) Lofgren is the cab driver who regularly takes patients to and from Chumley's Rest - and sees the negative results

"Cateress"/"Maid" - (any age) Works for the Simmons household.

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